Ban the Use of Car Phones

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A Simple Ban

Car phones have changed the way people communicate and interact. Use of car phones have been blamed for a considerable amount of road accidents. As a result, a number of countries are seriously considering a ban on using a car phone while driving. Driving can be difficult enough even when you concentrate completely on the road, but driving when you dial a phone number or balance it to your ear can be distracting and potentially dangerous. Car phones may be convenient for those who own them, but if not used properly, drivers with car phones will be a danger to themselves and everybody on the road.

One may find it difficult to concentrate when doing two things at once, whether it is a phone call or text message. By making it an offense to use a car phone while driving, the roads will be immediately safer for all of us.

A recent study by two Canadian researchers, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, analyzed the circumstances surrounding close to 27,000 phone calls made by 699 drivers who had car phones and who were involved in traffic accidents. The study found that the risk of having an automobile accident increases four times when the driver is talking on the car phone. According to the study, this risk is equivalent to driving with a blood alcohol content of .10 percent. In New York, a driver with a blood alcohol content of .10 percent or more can be charged with driving while intoxicated.

The federal government and individual states must protect citizens by establishing legislation that restricts, if not completely outlaws the use of car phones by motorists and when operating their vehicles. Dialing numbers, receiving calls, and holding conversations on car phones while driving eats away...