Assignment 3: Persuasive Paper Part I: A Problem Exists
Research Topic 10) Should regulations regarding the use of cell phones while driving be standardized?
Distracted Divers: Are the Same in Every State
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English 215: Research and Writing
February 7, 2015
Distracted Driver: Are the Same in Every State
Over the last four decades, mobile devices have become the trademark of our society.cell phones and other mobile devices have inundated our society At any given time; we can see drivers talking or texting in a moving vehicle. According to Brenner (2013), 87% of American adults and 78% of teenagers own a cell ...view middle of the document...
Despite the clear and growing danger of distracted driving, the laws are not the same from city to city or state to state.
Overview of the Problem
A distracted driver is anyone who diverts their attention from driving by either talking or texting, talking or performing any other multitasking activity on a mobile device while driving. on a mobile device eitherRegardless if the device is a hand-held hands on or hand-freeoff or multitasking while driving. All distractions are dangerous, but text messaging is the most hazardous because it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver (Distraction.govDistracted Driving, 2013). Regardless of the ageage, sex, or expertise of a driver; a distracted driver is a danger to society. When we drive distractedFor the distracted driver, the result is the same, and it is just an accident waiting to happen. The fact is that, and the growing number of life changing accidents is inis on the rise. This practice does not only affect the driver but “all distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety” (Distracted Driving, 2013).
Regulations should be the same for all drivers regardless of what city or state they drive in. Currently, not all states have the same rules for the use of cell phones while driving. These laws vary from city to city and state to state. Regulations on cell phone use are also dependent on where the offense takes place and novice. Some laws differentiate whether a phone is a hand-held or a hands-free device. All these variations are difficult to follow and enforce.
The first problem is that our society has become so accustomed to the vast variety of mobile devices. It seems we cannot leave home without our mobile phones; they have become an extension of our hand. A study conducted by Morrill, Jones, & Vaterlaus (2013), concluded that there has been a growing phenomenon among young adults ages 18-24 who text and drive. Mobile devices have inundated our society and have become our society’s primary communication tool. Young users state they use their phones to stay connected and up to date with everyonetheir social life. A study was done by Tison, Chaundhary, & Cosgrove (2011) revealed that:
most young drivers do not think that talking on a phone while driving affects their driving performance. When it comes to texting while driving, only about 1 out of 5 young drivers think that texting makes no difference to their driving performance.
The issue concern addressed here is not that mobile devices have become this great widespread readily available communication tooltool, but the consequences that it causes because of the lack of common sense of its use.
The primary concern is the results of the use of this device while driving. In 2011, 3,333 people were killed as a result of distracted drivers and an estimated additional 387,000 were injured (Distraction.govDistracted Driving, 2013). These findings should yield something to...