You are driving down the road in your brand new Cadillac Escalade. The sky is bright blue without a cloud in the sky. Your phone rings and you answer it. You start talking and get deeply involved in the conversation. Before you know it, you just ran a red light and get side swiped by a school bus. Your life is now upside down. Finally, you are able to pull yourself out of your new Escalade with no injury. However, a few of the students have been injured and one killed. Now you have to live with that for the rest of your life. This is a prime example of cell phone distraction. Therefore, all cell phone usage in vehicles should be prohibited throughout the United States.
Many people have invested in hands-free headsets for their phones. Although this is an excellent idea for phone use during many activities, driving is not one of them. Hands-free headsets or hands-free systems are just as dangerous as holding your phone when you are talking and listening to a conversation while driving. Medical research on the brain has publicized that you can only deeply concentrate on one thing at a time; therefore, when you are driving, you should not talk on the phone. The whole point of driving is to travel from point A to point B. You need to concentrate on what is in front of and surrounding you, not talk on your cell phone with your significant other or anyone.
Cell phones are a convenience, not a necessity for driving. If you need to make a phone call or answer an important call, then you need to find a place to pull over first. It is not worth getting in an accident and risking your life over a phone conversation. Texting on the phone is definitely not a positive option while driving either. Most people have to look at their phones while typing words or sentences so their attention could be diverted from the road. Cell phones should be turned off to avoid distraction while driving. Nevertheless, a good alternative to prevent cell phone distraction would be to put the phone in the glove compartment. Relevant phone messages can always be retrieved after you arrive at your destination.
Some people might say that banning cell phone usage while driving is similar to banning a person from tuning the radio or lighting a cigarette while driving. Tuning the radio or lighting a cigarette does not require deep concentration for most people. Many people are not placing phone calls without relevant reasons. Several thought processes such as decision-making, calculation, and rationalization are used while making a phone call. Another argument that proponents of cell phone use while driving utilize is “everyone does it.” Although this statement might be true of some drivers, it is not true of all vehicle operators. Responsible drivers do exist who realize that cell phone conversation can wait until they arrive at their...