Though once considered a rare luxury, most people would now claim that over the last decade cellular phones have become a necessity for work and personal use. However, as the demands for cell phone use increases so does the risk individuals are willing to take as they use their phones while driving on our highways. Although attempts in technologic advances have seemed to make cell phone use safe while driving, reports still indicate that if drivers insist on talking and making calls while driving, their risk of an accident increases as well (www.newsdial.com).
In 1999, Brooklyn, Ohio, became the first city in the United States to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving because they felt that talking on a phone while driving can cause accidents (www.speakout.com). According to the National Conference of State legislatures, over two-thirds of the states have begun debating measures to ensure safety while operating a vehicle (www.iii.org).
Verizon, one of the nation's largest wireless companies, announced they would support state initiatives to enforce "hands-free" restrictions for phone use in cars. Are these measures a good idea?
Cell phone subscribers have grown considerably in recent years. In 1985, about 90,000 individuals owned a cell phone. Today more than 120 million Americans own one. Common sense tells us that driving with two hands on the wheel is safer than driving with one. Nevertheless, countless individuals still elect to use cell phones while driving. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3% of all drivers are using a hand held cell phone while driving at any given time. The NHTSA has reported that of the 54% of drivers that have their cell phone in their car, 73% will use them while driving (www.newsdial.com).
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers using a...