Cell Phone Use While Driving

4 April 2015
A discussion on the use of cell phones while driving.

This paper presents a clear and concise argument against the use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle. The author uses an extensive biography to present the case for regulation of cell phone use. This includes the discussion of legislation in Europe and other parts of the world that requires the use of a hands-free device if a person wants to talk on their cell phone while driving. There is extensive discussion of proposed legislation in several states, which is backed up by many different studies that illustrate the dangers involved with increased cell phone use by drivers of motor vehicles. The author makes the argument that the increase in cell phone use and the dangers that have presented themselves from this use, need to be matched by legislation designed to protect the public from the dangers of this wireless phenomenon.
“One of the most infamous studies was that of 699 collisions involving vehicles that had cell phones that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers concluded “the risk of a collision when using a cell phone was four times higher than the risk when a cell phone was not being used.” (Moore p. 30-32, Redelmeier). It was also shown that dialing and answering a phone provide the same impairment as driving while intoxicated. (Moore p. 30-32, Redelmeier). The report found no distinction in safety between hand-held cell phone devices and hands-free devices. (Moore p. 30-32, Redelmeier).”
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