Cell Phones Usage While Driving
By Mitchell C., Fairfield, ME
Using a cell phone while driving could be considered as being just as bad as driving under the influence. A University of Utah study found motorists who talk on cell phones while driving are as impaired as drunken drivers with a blood alcohol level at the legal limit of 0.08 percent. They also found that people who are talking while driving are 19 percent slower at coming to a stop then normal people. So as you can see that using a cell phone while you drive is very dangerous and it should be outlawed.
It is proven that it doesn't matter who you are talking to, it is the conversation that distracts you from the road. They also found out that talking to someone in the car with you is as dangerous. According to Highway Patrol, 8% of all drivers on the road are talking on cell phone at any given moment.
No matter what precautions you take to pay attention to the road, you are still in danger while using a cell phone.
Other people might say that they use hands free, or bluetooth to talk so they are more aware. A Study by the University of Utah showed that it doesn't matter if you are using a bluetooth headset, handsfree, or holding the phone, they all have the same effect on your driving. First of all, using a cell phone while you drive puts you and all the other drivers on the road at risk. People that use cell phones while trying to drive are flat out, being irresponsible. Even if they know that it is not good to talk on the cell phone while driving, they think they are good enough drivers to handle multi-tasking in a...