Why banning cell phone while driving should be mandatory nationwide
My intention for you to take from this speech is to inform you why it is a good idea to banned all cell phone usage while driving.
It was normal for people to drive drunk and not bother to wear a seatbelt 50 years ago.
Eventually, everyone realized how bad of an idea this was and now driving drunk and not wearing a seatbelt are both illegal.
Today, many argue that texting and talking on phones while driving is just as bad, if not worse, than driving drunk.
Back in 2006, the University of Utah found that, "... people are as impaired when they drive and talk on a cell phone as they are when they drive intoxicated at ...view middle of the document...
.. One summer day, Eric Okerblom set out on a bike ride ...
"On a road not far from his home near Santa Maria, California, Eric was killed when a teen driver traveling at 60 miles per hour struck his bike with her truck," the U.S. Department Transportation blog Fastlane explains.
Eric was struck and killed by a distracted teenage driver who neither swerved nor braked.
It was later revealed by the driver's cell phone records that she was texting just before the crash.
Taylor Sauer was sending messages every 90 seconds while going 80 mph on an Idaho highway last year ...
Sauer was an 18-year-old college student. Sauer was driving 80 mph from Utah to Idaho to visit her parents.
Her last status update, "I can't discuss this now. Driving and facebooking is not safe! Haha."
Moments after this update was posted, she crashed her car into a tanker truck that was going 15 mph up a hill and was killed instantly.
Calli Ann Murray (pictured) and her mom, Ling were heading home from a play date ...
On Dec. 1, 2010, two-year-old Calli Ann Murray and her mother were walking home from playing at a local park. The two reached an intersection and as they began to cross hand-in-hand, a young driver texting on her cell phone barreled down the street.
"With her attention on her phone instead of the road, the driver struck Calli and Ling with her car," the U.S. Department of Transportation's blog Fastlane explains.
Calli was gone. Ling was critically injured.
University of Utah via NPR
Reggie Shaw was distracted while driving ... he didn't die, but he killed two people ...
There was a storm on the morning of Sept. 22, 2006. Reggie Shaw told himself to drive cautiously so he could avoid hydroplaning, instead Shaw texted his girlfriend.
Shaw caused another car to spin out of control killing two scientists, James A. Furfaro, 38, and Keith P. Odell, 50.
Phone records show that Shaw had been text-messaging from the time he left home until the time of the accident.
Shaw’s 2006 crash and his emotional testimony before the Utah Legislature sparked the 2009 passage of the toughest texting-while-driving law in the nation.
Source: TextResponsibly.org and HJ News
Alex Brown, replied to a text message moments before she lost control of her car ...
Alex Brown, a high school student, was driving above the speed limit and was not wearing a seatbelt on the morning of Nov. 10, 2009.
Cell phone records indicate that Alex had just replied to a text message moments before losing control of her car. Alex rolled her truck and was ejected from the vehicle. She was killed.
Source: The Silver Streak (Randall High School's Student Newspaper)
Alexander Heit has his head down while he was driving ...
A college student in Colorado with a flawless driving record, Alexander Heit was driving on a neighborhood road when he responded to a text from a friend.