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Cell Phones

Is it ok to use a cell phone while driving?

Jake Ekhaml

on 29 April 2010

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Cell Phones While Driving Many states are currently adopting laws that involve
cell phone use while driving. These laws are simply
put into place to keep people on the roads safe. History This issue dates back to the early 1970's when mobile technology
first started coming out. However this wasnt a very big issue because
very few people had this technology.
Full commercial use of cell phones began in 1983
In the year 2000 over 500 people died as a result of cell phone use while driving Pros
Easy access in emergency situations
Can call for help when having car troubles
Efficient use of time while driving
If something seems unusual, cell phones
can be used to report suspicious activity

Cons Jake Ekhaml In order to make a call, the driver must take his/her eyes off the road
Becoming to dependent on phones
Increase in crashes
More laws The Week Article
People who really can multitask
Several studies have shown that its impossible to concentrate on two things at once. This means that people are unable to talk on the phone and pay good attention to the road. A new research say's other wise. According to this study, 2.5% of the population are "supertaskers" and capable of miltitasking 2 things without a decline of performance. The reasearch done at the university of Utah had 200 volunteers drive a simulation where they would be required to hit the brakes to avoid hitting a virtual car and answer a series of word and math test over the phone. Handheld Cell Phones: 6 states (Calif., Conn., N.J., N.Y., Ore. and Wash.), D.C. and the Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving.
Places Involved No state bans all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for all drivers, but many prohibit all cell phone use by certain drivers:
Novice Drivers: 24 states and D.C. ban all cell phone use by novice drivers. Recent News Laws banning cellphone use while driving have no effect A study from the Highway loss Date Institute (HLDI) claims the although states are banning cell phone use, these laws arnt decreasing the number of accidents. "The laws aren't reducing crashes, even though we know that such laws have reduced hand-held phone use, and several studies have established that phoning while driving increases crash risk," says Adrian Lund, president of HLDI.
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