Distracted Driving: Curtailing the Use of Hand Held Cellular Devices While Driving

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The number of car accidents caused by distracted drivers is steadily rising, and the consequences are devastating, resulting in serious physical injuries and even death. Drivers are prone to many distractions—eating, grooming, and tending to other passengers—but of recent concern is the distraction caused by cell phones and other portable electronic devices. In this age of multitasking, drivers are using cell phones to talk and text while driving, risking their own safety and that of their passengers and other drivers. A collision can occur in the split second it takes to look away from the road, take the hand off the wheel, and quickly read a text or make a call. Findings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that in 2008, more than 500,000 people were injured and 6,000 died in car accidents involving a distracted driver, and that an estimated 800,000 cars are driven by someone using a hand held cell phone at any given time of the day. These statistics clearly indicate that enforced legislation on the use of hand held cellular devices is necessary.

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