Cell Phones and Distracted Driving
CELL PHONES AND DISTRACTED DRIVING 4
CellPhones and Distracted Driving
CellPhones and Distracted Driving
Mobilephone technology has been christened as one of the mostgroundbreaking inventions in the contemporary human society. This isparticularly the case considering that the technology has enhancedcommunication by allowing for more convenience, speed and efficiency.Needless to say, there have been numerous models and featuresincorporated in mobile phones, all aimed at enhancing the efficiencyof communication (Kiesbye,2011).These have made it difficult for a large number of people to operatewithout mobile phones. Unfortunately, this has come with a downsidethat has the capacity to not only reduce the quality of life but alsocut short the lives of a large number of people. This paperparticularly examines the relationship between the use of cell phonesand the rates of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Theincreased usage of mobile phones while driving has been widely seenas dangerous. As a result of the high number of accidents associatedwith the usage of mobile phones in the course of driving, there aresome jurisdictions that have gone as far as making the usage of cellphones while driving illegal (Kiesbye,2011).Of particular note is the fact that some jurisdictions allow forusage of hands-free devices even while banning handheld mobile phoneusage. Of course, it is evident that mobile phones have contributedto increasing rates of motor vehicle accidents through distracteddriving. More often than not, individuals would not be payingattention to the road while driving, in which case preventableaccidents take place. On the same note, such distractions reduce thereaction time of an individual driver.
Theimportance of examining this topic rests on the connection it has tothe general health and wellbeing of the public. Indeed, theincreasing rates of accidents threatens the economic wellbeing of thecountry given the fact that it would have a negative effect on theproductivity of the individuals. In essence, it becomes imperativethat the causes of the increasing rates of motor accidents in thecontemporary society are examined. Researchers have insinuated thatthere may be a relationship between the usage of cell phones and therates of accidents (Kiesbye,2011).This introduces the question on whether it would be imperative thatother policies are crafted to curb these accidents. Such questionscan only be answered by examining the relationship between cellphoneusage and distracted driving-caused accidents.
Sincethe inception of mobile phone technology, there has been a deficiencyof research regarding the relationship between its usage andaccidents. This should not be surprising given that the technology ispretty much new (Kiesbye,2011).Indeed, there is no much research examining whether there is asignificant difference between accidents resulting in instances wherehandsfree gadgets are used rather than the hands-on ones.
Theexamination of this research necessitates that qualitative data fromvaried states in the country is examined. The data would particularlyrevolve around the number of accidents that have occurred since theinception of mobile phone technology and their causes. On the samenote, scholarly works regarding the same topic would be examined soas to offer an explanation on the relationship between the increasingrates of accidents and the usage of mobile phones. Further, it isimportant that the data from states that have rendered the usage ofphones while driving is compared with that from states where the sameis yet to be implemented.
Kiesbye,S. (2011). Cellphones and driving.Farmington Hills, Mich: Greenhaven Press.