Should drivers of automobiles be prohibited from using cellular phones?
Driving requires a lot of concentration in order to keep the road, and ourselves safe. Nowadays, many people have a license without being able to drive in a manner that is responsible. This raises the question of cell phones. There are many factors that contribute to accidents. Eating, drinking, reaching for fallen objects and talking to passengers are also some other elements that takes the drivers attention away from the road. Cell phones are not an exception, but they can also be very useful. However, they too present a danger for everyone, therefore, I agree that their use should be prohibited while driving.
Many people die every year from accidents. The vast majority of accidents are as a result of careless driving. In some cases the people are lucky enough to get out of it with just some bruises, others are not so lucky. When talking on a cellphone, the drivers attention is more on the conversation than on the road, and in the case of an emergency he would not have enough time to react. The education of the consequences that cellphone use has is vital, especially to the younger generation. I have come across people texting while driving. It seems unrealistic that people are doing this sort of things while operating a motor vehicle. So it’s not only phones that are a problem when it comes to using the road. Anything that takes the driver’s attention away from the road, any distraction at all is liable to cause an accident. Drivers who are using a cell phone while driving are four times more likely to get into a car crash than drivers who don’t use a phone behind the wheel. Over 800,000 vehicles in the United States are being driven by someone using a handheld cell phone.
About forty countries around the world have banned the use of phones while driving, others allow the drivers to use them as long as they wear a head set. So far it is a good idea to prohibit cell phone use in other countries, so why not here. It is unpredictable what can cause an accident, because sometimes the smallest thing can be a deadly cause. Banning the use of cell phones may cause less accidents, but hand-held cellphones are just a part of the problem. As long as we are able to take precautions, the chances will be reduced. Another factor that we should have in mind is that of drunk drivers, they are the most common cause of accidents.
To conclude, it is important that every person knows the dangers that talking on the phone has, in addition to all of the other factors mentioned above. People have to take this matter seriously, if they want to put their lives at risk it up to them, the problem here is that others could also be put in danger, because of their carelessness. On the other hand, because of the use of phones, police and ambulance can be contacted faster, and the response time reduced, which has helped to save people’s lives. Therefore, the phone has many good uses, but it is good to know when is the right time to use the phone, and when it should be put away. The negative consequences far outweigh the positive ones, for this reason, is best for phones to be prohibited from the roads for the safety of others.
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