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.
Why is it that texting is banned in cars already? Because it divides the attention of the driver making their reflexes slow, and creates a shell hurtling towards death. Why do people feel the need to talk while driving? Along roads and highways, there are several places someone can stop in order to talk on a phone or to text someone.
I think that it does not matter if the cell phone is held up to your ear or being used through bluetooth, it distracts your attention and does not allow you the alertness that driving requires. The steering wheel of a car is used most effectively when two hands are on the wheel. Talking on the phone does not allow two hands on the wheel.
Since statistics are showing an increasing number of phone-related driving accidents, I think that mobile phone usage in cars should be totally banned. Driving drunk is illegal because it impairs people's ability to operate their cars to the best of their ability. And, I fully believe that holding a conversation while driving also impairs a person's ability to pay attention and react when on the road.
Mobile phone use in a car can be very distracting to the driver. If one person is on the phone, and the driver tries to listen in, it is distracting, especially if it is important news. A safe driver might subconsciously get curious towards the phone call, and start to pay more attention to the phone than the road. All it takes is a split second to get into an accident, so better safe than sorry.
I believe that cell phone use should be banned in cars, because 28 percent of accidents involve their use. Driving is something that people should take seriously, and conversations can certainly be put off until a later, less important time. No one should be injured because of a cell phone.
I strongly believe that mobile phone use in cars should be banned. People are completely distracted when they are using their phones. Phones are not only used for talking; people are sending texts, playing games, and just plain not concentrating on the road. Statistics prove that our young people are dying in car crashes that can be attributed to cell phone use minutes before a tragic accident. Therefore it is only common sense to ban the use of mobile phones in cars.
The use of mobile phones while driving is very dangerous. Many accidents are caused by drivers who are talking or texting on their mobile phones' while driving.
To use a mobile phone, a driver should park the car first.
Distracted driving is an issue impacting driving safety. Cellphones alone are unfair to target, as people are distracted by many things. People will eat, put on makeup, read a book, or find other ways to be distracted.
In many of the accident or violation cases booked, the accident is due to carelessness of the driver as he talks while driving. The accident cases registered show inattentive driving while talking on a cell phone as the reason. Human life is more important than a call, so for the betterment of society it is necessary to ban the usage of mobiles while driving.
Mobile phone use (whether talking or texting) is the reason for many car accidents that are fully preventable. The use of mobile phones is very distractive for the driver. Mobile phone use in cars and trucks should be made illegal and violators should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
I am most definitely against talking on cell phones while driving. The only safe way to use a telephone in a vehicle is to go to a safe place and park the car while talking on the phone. There is nothing that is so serious that it will not wait until the driver is parked to use the phone. The distraction that these phones cause (even the hands free ones) is very serious and dangerous. Keeping up with a phone conversation, while driving, should be abolished. We got along fine before we had these devices available and no phone call is worth putting other innocent citizens in danger.
Mobile phone use should be banned in cars because it makes the drivers less aware of their surroundings as they are not focused on driving and are instead focusing on their phone call or text messaging. Regulations should be implemented in order to protect other drivers who are sharing the roads with people who are using mobile phones while driving. Studies have shown that people who use mobile phones while driving are more likely to be in an accident.
If you are talking on a cell phone while you are driving you are not really paying full attention to what is going on around you while you are driving. When you are driving you should be watching every thing that is happening around you so you do not have an accident or cause and accident. The only thing that you should be doing while you are driving is paying attention to the road and what is around the area.
We've all done it, we put our phones within reach when we get in the car. The phone rings and we just can't resist a little look to see who is calling. Even if we don't take the call. Just that few seconds distraction to grab your phone to see who text/called is all you need to kill someone or wipe out a family or badly disable a person, in a nut shell to ruin peoples lives.
I will put my hand up and confirm I've done it, my driving whilst seeing who text was awful. I would normally pull off the road then to reply to the text or take the call, but the damage could have already been done! I will no longer have my phone switched on in my car. I am driving a lethal weapon, would you expect a fighter pilot to check his phone?
Because more than half the accidents in the world happen because you are texting or taking on the phone and get more involved in the conversation than you are to the road and you might not always have someone else there to help you text or to answer the phone.
I'm a cyclist. I commute to work by bicycle. I routinely ride next to drivers that have their attention on the cell phone on their lap. There is 3-5 between me and your car. I don't want to die. My family doesn't want me to die. Since drivers seem to have a problem understanding that they are risking my life because they are addicted to their phone, they must be outlawed in cars. Generally, I am not a proponent of doing something like this. I'm a believer in freedom and personal responsibility. That said, we have tried the light weight prohibitions. They are not working.
Cell phones have a very high potential to distract people, thus causing fatal traffic accidents. We should be concerned about the use we are giving these devices. Yes, they are in fact, a great source of communication in our globalized world however there are times in which we can use them and where we should not. Lets shall put our lives and the lives of our loved ones as the first priority and not be distracted by a mobile phone, remember that life can change in a matter of seconds, in one second we can be below the bodywork of a vehicle waiting for an ambulance that may or may not arrive on time.
All cell phone use should be banned in cars. Since i started using the phone hands free and installing a cradle to put the phone in i still find myself looking at the phone all the time because of all the noises it keeps making. If your phone is kept out of sight, such as in your pocket it is less likely to distract you and you can concentrate more on driving.
It is a distraction because the drivers look down instead of looking at the road. The hand-eye coordination is worsened because they could be dialing or texting. Theres been more deaths because of phone usage than there has been because of drunk driving in the years 2011, 2012, and 2013 so far.
By looking at your phone you become distracted. You are then putting others at risk by your delayed reaction time. Can't people just wait two minutes? Remember the days with no cells? You never know when a split second could mean the difference between life and death, the text can wait.
Cell phones especially nowadays with the smartphones and everything, they really dont have a hands free mode where they can buy the speakers that can connect with the car and stuff. We dont have that yet, so we have to take out our smartphones, turn it on, and and check our notifications just to be able to know what happened when we got the vibration, or when we heard the ringtone. We should NOT be aloud to be able to have a Bluetooth handset that you have to wear because people are talking and looking at other things but yet don't even notice the road when they turn their heads left or right, and also the reaction time for the phone being out while driving
It’s important for everyone to know because you can easily lose your life or endanger someone else life while you're being distracted by your cell phone. The public view has changed over the years because it has been said that 86% of driver’s are being distracted by texting or talking on the phone since 2012. Statistics also say that the rate has went up every year due to their phone usage. Studies also say that talking on the phone, hands free device or not creates tunnel vision. I agree with the statistics about cell phones being a distraction and causing accidents because all it takes is that one phone call or text and they can be distracted. Although some people would disagree about cell phones not being used in the car, I strongly feel like they shouldn’t be used in cars.
Phone use while being behind the wheel is not only putting your life in danger but others. Taking your eyes off the road for even a split second can cause some one to lose a life. Do you want to go on living knowing by looking at a text that "couldn't wait" you injured or even killed a innocent person who happen to be there at the wrong time? Your choice, but phone use while driving should be banned.
Only hands free devices should be allowed in cars. That ways drivers can still have their eyes on the road and not worry about holding the steering wheel with one hand and possibly causing an accident. I think people get way too caught up in talking to others that they can't really focus on driving safely.
People just don't think about driving while talking or even worse, texting. I love to ride my bike, however there is always someone not focused and almost runs me down. 100% of the time it is someone on a cell phone. I know we have so many gadgets in our cars but the phone takes your mind away from the road. Too many people texting, using social media and feel that it is their right to do this without caring for anyone else around them. And hands free devices are a distraction too. We need to view cars as a weapon and when you do things like this, a kill someone, you need to be punished to the MAX the law can give you.
Text messaging can cause death and injury if you take your eyes off the road for too long. It can also cause you to kill people walking and people in other cars . You should not text and drive. Pull over your car, read a text and then text them back. Never text while driving on the highway.
I think that cell phone usage should be banned because a person using a phone has a chance of crashing 4 times greater than a person who isn't. Also a person texting is like a person driving with alcohol in their system. Cell phone usage to the person driving should be banned.
People are DYING because of what we are doing, and we have to stop this now. In 2009, 18% of all distracted driving crashes were caused by cell phones alone. That is almost one-fifth of ALL accidents. Every year, that number will increase unless we as a group decide to put an end to this madness. It ends with us.
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.
Shouldnt be banned beause its your choice if you wanna use your phone or not!!! FREEEDOM OF SPEECH .. Let people do what they want even tho they already do it. Focus on other things like war not phones. People made these for for a reason soo dont banned them.
What happens when someone has a wreck? They can not call 911 with no phone. What happens if someone is shot? How can they call someone with no phone? What if someone has car trouble and breaks down in the middle of no where? They can not call someone with no phone.
If you completely ban cell phones, then you have to legally do the same for all two-way communication devices. The argument that two way communication is distracting may not hold up unless you ban it for all. There should never be an exception if this is truly in the name of safety. Police officers and emergency responders should have a second individual in the vehicle to operate the two way communication device, including computers. No exception!
What about on-star and any of the other communication device built into vehicles. Are we going to force manufactures to take these two way communication devices out of vehicles. Are we going to force corporations to stop issuing corporate cell phones for company travel use? We live in a mobile world, so how do you tell the technician traveling from business to business to repair computers that he can't receive calls. In the old days it was pagers, and they were distracting as well.
I'm all for the businesses waiting a day or two for their computers to get repaired if its in the name of true safety. Here's a great idea, lets go back to the days when corporations had three times the number of people to meet the service demands, raise the price for service and make this a safer world. We would employ many more people along the way.
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.
Using the logic that an individual can't properly operate a vehicle and a mobile phone without causing grave danger to other drivers and pedestrians is a dangerous logic. Using that thought process would lead to many other driving distractions being removed such as: billboards, radio stations, passengers, etc. In addition, many other things would be made illegal such as eating or drinking hot coffee while driving.
People get into accidents when they fail to pay attention, or when their hands are occupied, so that they cannot react quickly. Hands-free devices or speaker phone use should be required. People should use judgment in ensuring they can devote sufficient attention to driving, while they are on the phone. With these measures, an outright ban is unnecessary.
The number one cause of accidents among drivers is messing with the car stereo. If you ban cell phone use, then you have to remove radios, ban smoking in cars, ban children from riding in cars, etc. These all are far more distracting for drivers than talking.
I do not believe that all mobile phone use in cars should be banned. There are some responsible drivers that know not to drive and text, or to pay attention to the road, who are in effect punished by those few irresponsible drivers. I do not think that teenagers have the mental capacity to maintain a vehicle and a phone conversation however, and for them mobile phone use should be restricted in moving vehicles, but not for the millions of drivers who spend most of their time in traffic anyway.
There are times when it is necessary to use a mobile phone while in the car. I don't think that hands free is a bad thing as long as you can dial the phone by voice and it does not take your attention from the road. That way you are not taking your hands or eyes off the road. If they ban mobile phone use shouldn't they ban car stereos too?
Passing a law banning the use of mobile phones and mobile internet devices in vehicles will cost a lot for enforcement and also it does not address the root issue, which is that drivers are often overconfident or misinformed about the dangers of multitasking while operating a vehicle. Education addressing this would probably be more helpful towards keeping the roads safe in the long run than a law.