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Ban on texting while driving makes sense

Posted by Shamn on 10/16/2009

Don't text and Drive!!!I know so many people at work who text while driving. Just the amount of people hooked up on cell phones everyday is amazing and getting scary, no kidding! I have seen many drivers not paying attention and the last moment swerves to exit or just going slow in the fast lane, or forgot to yield other drivers. I sometimes wonder why traffic is backed up and going slow. I mean, who likes to drive in 60miles an hour while the car in front of you talking on the cell phone or texting drives like 45miles speed? They forgot that really, eighty five percent of accidents are caused from distractions. When people are texting while driving, the eyes and mental focus are not on the road, it’s on the screen and keypad.
I know cell phones are a great convenience but talking and texting while driving is just dangerous. It’s just so hard to concentrate on the phone conversation while driving. Multitasking while driving just doesn’t work.

Here is some research on driving and cell phone use:

  • A driver’s field of vision, reaction time, and ability to visualize potential hazards decreases when talking or texting on a cell phone while driving.
  • In a study released in 2008 by Carnegie Mellon University, researcher Marcel Just stated that listening to a cell phone while driving can reduce by 37 % the amount of brain activity associated with driving. This can cause drivers to weave out of their lane, based on the performance of subjects using a driving simulator.
  • In December 2008, the University of Utah reaffirmed in their study that hands-free phones are as distracting as handheld models.

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company showed that 73% of drivers admit to talking on their cell phone while they are driving. Liberty Mutual Research Institute and SADD reported that teens said texting was their greatest distraction while driving. What does that mean in plain English? Basically means that, of all the things you could do while driving, sending a text message is so incredibly dangerous.  Driving literally demands your full attention.

It’s a common sense that when you drive, you should focus on driving and not talking to your friends or your family. If you need to answer your call, you can just pull over in a safe location and return the call or let them leave a message.  No phone call that is so important than putting the driver in danger and everyone on the road.  


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