PROMPT: Some states have now made it illegal to drive while using a hand-held cell phone. Do you agree or disagree with this law? Why or why not? Take a position on the issue. Support your response with reasons and examples.
Is it really that important to check your cell phone while driving? Many drivers today use their cell phones while driving and see it as a harmless act. Cell phones are now not only a form of communication, but also a distraction and dangerous item. People think that checking their phone while driving is just a momentary action and doesn’t matter, however it can cause less control your vehicle and less ability to concentrate which lead to very serious consequences. No matter what age the driver is or how experienced they are, under no circumstance should they be using their mobile phone while driving. It is extremely hazardous and can result in fatal consequences. Therefore, I completely support the ban of cell phone usage while driving.
Texting or using a cell phone while driving is very perilous to yourself and the people surrounding you. The lives of innocent people are being taken every day due to a simple distraction. Using cell phones while driving causes the driver to have less control of the vehicle. Although some people are capable of multitasking while driving, it’s still extremely risky. When answering a phone call, even it if it isn’t urgent, can cause the driver to drive slower, especially during rush hours. Even though not all phone conversations are urgent, the ones that do deliver negative news can cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle due to a rush of mixed emotions and confusion. The driver could pick up their speed easily and not notice the traffic around them because they’re frantic. All of this leads to accidents and people getting hurt.
Drivers using their cell phones while driving have less ability trying to concentrate on the road and the danger surrounding the vehicle. Driving and using a mobile device are two different activities and it leads to the driver not being able to fully concentrate. The driver is splitting their focus between their phone and the road and giving their full attention to what’s going on around them. They don’t have the ability to really concentrate on their driving and it leads to coasting on the side which leads to collisions. Most drivers answer their phone calls because they don’t know whether it’s urgent or not. However, a text can wait. The moment a driver slightly switches their attention from the road to their cell phone, they’re not only putting themselves in danger, but also others. At a street crossing, a driver could be on their phone and not see the light turn red, which can result in multiple fatalities such as running into pedestrians and a car crash. If a driver must answer a phone call, they should stop at the side of the road and answer it. It’s better to be a little late arriving to a destination than putting your own and others’ lives at risk.
Banning the use of cell phones would decrease the number of collisions dramatically. People would feel safer driving and pedestrians would feel more at ease walking on the streets. Although there’s a law that bans drinking and driving, there are still collisions caused from it. Even though banning the use of cell phones while driving won’t completely stop car collisions, it’s still a big step to take towards change. A way to really reinforce the banning would be punishments. Just like a driver would get a ticket for speeding, police men should also hand out tickets for cell phone use. Even if a person is still speeding, most of the time, they’re still paying attention to their driving and what’s going on around them. However, when someone uses their cell phone while driving, they aren’t able to concentrate at all; which is a larger risk. People should already know, through common sense, that not giving their full attention while driving is incredibly unsafe. Whether the car ride if five minutes or two hours, a phone call or text shouldn’t be the leading cause of someone’s death. Several cities in the United States and other countries such