Why Banning the Use of Cell Phones While Driving Should Be Banned Nationwide

Betty Bates (AC1300186)
Why banning the use of cell phones while driving should be mandatory nationwide                                                          
                                                              SP 108
                                                      February 21, 2013

SP 108
Assignment 7

              Why banning the use of cell phones while driving should be mandatory nationwide
According to the National Safety Board (NTSB), “distracted driving is the new DUI it is becoming an epidemic.” (NTSB, 2011). “The ban on texting will help increase awareness and encourage drivers to stay focused on the task at hand. Safety is a top priority of this administration and we will continue our efforts to reduce fatalities on Kentucky roadways.” (Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear).
The NTSB is doing everything possible to make it mandatory to ban cell phone use while driving.   Those who are caught texting while driving should be fined as harshly as one caught driving with no seatbelts in use. Then there’s the question, about GPS devises and the use of electronic maps when trying to navigate an unfamiliar snow covered road at night
Some telephone companies give its customers an App that can be downloaded right on to their cell phones called “Drive Mode”. This app sends a message to those sending a text message to you, telling them that you are driving and that you will text them when you are safe. I will automatically turn on when your speed is reduced to 25 mph, for five to six minutes. If you get to less than that it turns itself off, when you want to use your phone just turn off the app.
Statistics have proven that at any “ given day there are 13.5 million drivers at a time talking on cell phones, and that 3,092 deaths on the roads last year were attributed to distracted drivers,” ( National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
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