Should Cell Phones Be Ban From Driving Or Do Away With?

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Over the last few years, there has been an up rise in car accidents and the probable cause is the use of cell phones. At one point drunk driving was the biggest cause of car accidents but now cell phone users are at risk as well. In some states across America, a law was made to ban cell phone use while driving but what about the other states. The probability of drivers talking on the cell phone and getting into accidents is only getting higher. The Government should ban cell phone use while driving in all states.In the past five years, cell phone use while driving has become the next biggest problem for the government to handle. Even though some government officials feel it is not causing ...view middle of the document...

"{f} Though cell phones are useful in case of an emergency, if necessary, you should pull over to make your call.Furthermore, it seems correctly stated that trying to use a cell phone would cause accidents because the driver is not concentrating on the road. Instead, he or she is chatting away or discussing some nonsense that could wait until later. People decide putting others and themselves in danger of a car accident when using their cell phone while driving. Many tragic stories have come about because of such a choice made by a driver with a cell phone. For example "the 2-and-1/2-year-old daughter of Patricia Pena was killed in 1999 when the family's car was rammed by a vehicle whose driver ran a stop sign while talking on a cell phone". {f} The "model Niki Taylor was severely injured when a car she was riding in crashed into a utility pole. The driver said he looked down to answer his cell phone before the car ran off the road."{f} the list goes on. Patricia Pena, founder of Advocates for Cell Phone Safety said in an article by Bryan Knowles, "It is hard enough to lose a loved one, but to lose a loved one for such a senseless reason as a phone call is an even bigger burden to bear,"{f}. In a Canadian study, it was stated that " the risk of a collision when using a cellular telephone was four times higher than the risk when a cellular telephone was not being used"{f} according to Bryan Knowles.Unfortunately, in all the research it has yet to be proven that cell phones are the main cause for car accidents. According to Bryan Knowles "no U.S. studies have proven that cell phones cause accidents."{f} Then what can the government do to make the number of deaths decrease? Smart Motorist feel that using new technology like "voice-activated dialing, built-in phones, headsets, and speaker phones; all can help drivers concentrate on the roadway."{f} They also state "Since 1995, 40 states have proposed bills concerning cellular phone use in cars, but the $40-billion-a-year cell-phone industry has successfully lobbied to keep those laws off the books. The industry claims that not only are cellular phones safe to use while driving, the phones help drivers by allowing them to quickly report emergencies such as, ironically, accidents and car jacking."{f} That is why in New York a driver using a cell phone could be fined up to $100, for speaking into or listening to a hand-handle cell phone according to the New York State Driver's Manual. Also stated in New York State Driver's Manual, "the phone may be hand-handle to activate, initiate, or deactivate a call. Exemptions are provided for calls made to certain person regarding emergency situations, for police and other law enforcement officers, and for fire department personnel and operators of authorized emergency vehicles while in the performance of their official duties."{f} In some states, parts of the cities and towns have chosen to ban drivers to use cell phones but no the whole state. For instance some...

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