Cell Phones

Cell phones have become a major part of our lives. I personally know that my blackberry is permanently glued to my hand, and as I drive past other cars I see the same thing. From our last post we saw texting for teenagers is a constant flow that probably wont be slowed down by driving. When we are behind the wheel of a car we posses our lives and others in our hands, instead we choose to hold that phone in our hand instead.

The death toll due to driving has been climbing recently because of drivers being so dependent on their cell phones. Companies have developed blue-tooth devices to keep the drivers hands free so that they can devote more attention to the road. Blue- tooth devices have helped make a small but significant difference in the safety of drivers. California, in 2008, imposed a law forcing drivers to drop their phones and only use hands-free devices.  They have realized that the biggest problem isn’t necessarily whether your hands are on the wheel or holding the phone, its more about the distraction. Though they are trying to make a difference.

“Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.” (the University of Utah)

States have also imposed fines and tickets for if you are caught texting and driving, yet people continuously do it. Even though people know the dangers of texting and talking on the phone, they continue to do it. Is our conversations so important that we are willing to take our lives or others?

Warning this video is pretty sad. It shows how serious texting and talking on the phone is, and how insignificant our conversations are. The second video gives some astounding facts about texting and driving.

Our conversations really are not as important as we think they are. Miami University lost a student and a member of ROTC because of texting and driving earlier this year. Some people realize that their texting conversations weren’t as important after this tragedy, others still haven’t gotten the point.

I personally know my mother talks on the phone constantly for her job, she also has to drive to many different customers which results in her talking on the phone while driving. I’ve gotten her a bluetooth device so she can be a little safer, but I know that she still isn’t completely safe. I have been in the car when she gets distracted by her work and phone conversations. I try to point it out to her, but she thinks these things only really occur to teenagers. Yes texting and driving accidents are more prominent amongst teens but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen to adults.

So next time you get in your car to drive just down the street, do you really need to text a friend “hey whats up?”? Replying “yeah” could wait until your stopped at a red light or your home.

-Sydney

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