Cell Phone use in cars should definitly be banned. People may argue that people are responsible and can drive and text at the same time, that is a lie and those drivers have gotten lucky. Studies show that when talking to others on cell phones, hands free devices or not, creates tunnel vision. Tunnel vision eliminates youe peripheral vision so you won't be able to see a car coming at you from the left or right side. Studies also show that texting while driving obscures your vision. If you look up you might miss some object pedestrians, street signs, etc. Using cell phones in cars should be banned. So many accidents have been caussed by it, honestly this shouldn't even be a debatable topic. If the call was an emergency someone having a heart attack, robber in the house, etc I'm pretty sure the person who called you knows to call 911.
Over a million people die per year because of their cells inside their car, and often, kids are also the victim and usually die too.
Personally, I think that it has it's pro's too, along with their cons.
A pro would be your family is safe; but possibly not you.
It's been proven that talking on the phone while driving increases you risk of an accident by 4, it's four times more likely! That's about the same as having 3-4 beers before driving.
Some bad arguments against this notion, and why they are bad:
1. My call might be important/urgent/to 911:
If you have an important call to make. Stop and make the call, if you can't handle waiting 5 minutes, reschedule your life. Regarding emergencies, it could very well be allowed to call 911 in the car, but no other numbers.
2. But that implies you shouldn't eat/drink/smoke/tinker with the stereo/etc either:
3. I'm not a teen, my brain is somehow more mature:
This makes no sense at all. While older drivers are certainly better, they have even worse reaction times than teens. And there is no science that says older brains are better at driving per se, and it's proven that you can't learn to multitask like this.
4. What if I use a handsfree:
These have been proven to have little benefit, it's not about the occupied hand, it's about your occupied brain.
5. What about talking to other passengers:
Other passengers notice when traffic gets more intense and tend to adapt the conversation to the situation.
People dont have brains, and dont understand that they can wait 5 minutes without being on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Some people have a fear of "being left out" so they can't stand not knowing what's going so they get on their phones at the most inappropriate times putting other peoples lives in risk for their own selfish reasons. While people are too busy tampering with their phones they get distracted and don't realize that they are going off the road or going faster than they should be. It also delays reaction time and takes focus off the road. Banning cell phone use while driving will make the road a safer place and allow people to be more aware of their surroundings.
Witnessed a man make a wrong turn and got hit by another car. The man made out alive and so did his kids. He told the cop that he was on his phone while driving. How many accidents or deaths will it take until people realize that being on the phone while driving is just not safe!
People die because they are stupid cell phone users while they are driving. They don't care how many people die or how many get badly injured. They are to busy texting or calling someone. One of these days they are going to die because they were texting and driving. They don't get the dangers.
Mobile phones are very convenient and in most ways have been a great addition to society, but they should never be used while driving. When people talk on the cell phones while driving, they are distracted from what they need to be paying attention to: the road. Talking on cell phones while driving causes accidents, so it should not be allowed.
When I am driving in my car I notice when someone makes a goofy turn or comes into my lane, mere centimeters in front of me. I look at them and think? "How could they be so irresponsible?" And meanwhile the driver is chatting away not even paying attention to the road. I think when someone is driving, they should be 100% concentrated. Besides if that person did get in a crash, they could be seriously injured. Better safe than sorry, it only takes one time. Because if you die, you don't get to do it again.
I think cell phones should be banned by every body not just the driver by every body in the car.I do because then the drive may not be using a cell phone the passenger might say hey look at this picture and that could cause a crash. Its not just the driver its all people in the car. I am only sixteen and i believe this is an important way to keep the pedestrians and drivers safe.
Accidents happen everyday because of that ''oh so important text'' that you just have to reply to. Three accidents have happened right outside my house because texting is so important. Alot of people say that we need to mind our own business and it's none of our business what you do behind the wheel but when you hurt or kill someone it becomes everyones business. And i know what I am saying when I say everything has consequences, EVERYTHING. May not be the first or the second or the third time but sooner or later karma is going to slap you very very hard in the face.
Phones are cool and adults like to play with them, because if they are all alone while driving they will get bored. Now they can play games while driving and die. If they want to die they can if they want to, because this is America and we do what we want
It allows you to keep in touch while driving, and call for help when needed. Using the hands free car phone can be about the same distraction as using a mobile phone, as well as having another person in the car. Talking on the phone can cause a accident, but if you are careful while driving it can be okay. It is not the phone that is the problem, its the ability to pay attention
It doesn't matter whether or not you have a phone; you will distract the driver anyway. If anyone else is in a vehicle it increases the risk of crash. It is good to have someone in back with a phone in case the appointment you are driving to is canceled and they are trying to contact you. It is also very good in case of emergencies.
Cell phones were designed for the change in our culture. So that we could stay in touch with those we care about when travelling, we could do business while stuck in traffic, we could call immediately for help in an emergency situation. Things of those natures. I have learned to never talk about a problem without a solution. So my solution would be that since all cell phones have tracking devices in them anyway nowadays that the texting option would lock out while you are in a vehicle and moving. There are certain tweeks or updates phone companies could make to put the software on the phones, while at the same time communicating with the car companies that they build in the second half of the software into the vehicle kinda like a smart car phone, giving locale of the driver and still communicating through the hands free device that is built into the car. Or a car that you can talk to and hear your text messages being read to you over the loud speaker and you can choose to respond with talk text technology. People are not dumb unless they let others tell them they are.
Unless you're texting or playing games while driving it isn't that bad. Talking on the phone doesn't completely impair you. Especially if you have a hands free device like a blue tooth. You can have both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. People aren't trying to make passengers illegal and you talk to them so why should phones be illegal?
Though many people think driving while using your phone should be illegal in ALL cases, but I think that only some uses should be used. I think that road maps on phones can prove useful, but it is best when it is plugged into your car for directions. That way, you can focus on the road and not have to hold the phone.
Now, texting while driving, in my opinion, is a bad idea. Texting must be looked at. Your eyes should be on the road, not ";) hey there". Even if you are told the text, you might get distracted.
I can see why people think all phone uses while driving are bad, and I agree with that, but not everyone follows rules. There will always be that group that will only follow laws that help them and ignore the laws that do not help them.
So in conclusion, I believe that some uses that help and do not require to loose focus on the road, and other uses should be recommended not to be used.
What if someone is in the middle of an emergency, their car broke down, they're hurt or endangered? Stuff like that, what are you going to do? You're going to call someone, your parents, your friend, or the police. You're going to need a way to communicate with someone or you might be stranded there for hours before anyone stops to help you.
It's just like having another person in the vehicle; more of a distraction. It takes away your focus. That's the real danger. It may make you take your hand off the wheel for a while, but so will rolling down the windows or changing the radio station. You just have to stay focused and don't get too deep into the conversation.
Cell phones in cars are a distraction, however, sometimes they are used for good reasons. I think calling on cell phones should be legal after a person has had their license for a year. Many people use cell phones to contact their families for important reasons while others do not. I believe texting while driving should definitely be banned no matter what age you are because it doesn't matter how good of a driver you are because if you are texting, there is no way you are looking at the road.
I understand that people want the use of cell phones in cars to stop. We can not possibly ban cell phones from cars. Cell phones are used to contact many people in emergencies. As a parent, I would be highly upset if they passed a law that banned me from using my phone inside a car.