Why Using Cell Phones While Driving Is Dangerous
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Cell phone and driving
I wrote a tongue and cheek article a few months ago, entitled, Oh No.........I Left My Cell Phone At Home. It's not funny anymore, the statistics, pertaining to driving while using the cell phone, are frightening.
I got the idea to write this hub from something I saw today. I was riding the subway, and as we rose above ground, I peered out my window and looked right at a female, (actually the gender didn't matter, just trying to be accurate), truck driver in an eighteen wheeler, (transfer truck, big rig, whatever you want to call it), pick up her cell phone, hold it out in front of her and proceeded to dial the number, then put the phone to her ear and began a conversation. Oh, did I mention that she was driving on the freeway at near rush hour. I was mortified, mind you I see this on a daily basis, but to think that 40 tons of steel riding down the highway at break neck speed, with the driver on the phone is terrifying to say the least.
Harsh Video About Texting and Driving
Let's try to lighten it up a bit here. Whatever happened to driving down the road by yourself, with yourself alone, with your thoughts. I was just wondering, when we didn't have the luxury of the cell phone, what we did. I know, we spent time with ourselves, listening to radio, tapes, Cd's or our own horrible, or melodious voices. And, or, (watch out now), picking and flipping boogers. Oh, don't be so grossed out, you know you see that, (or do it yourself), all the time. As a matter of fact that's one of the things I also witnessed, (yuk), today, while on my train ride. As detestable as it is, I'd almost rather see that than a phone conversation, because the only thing that would come from that is a little nausea, on the part of the onlooker. Just a little aside, "you're not invisible while driving, we see you, so quit that." I digress. Let's go back to the music a minute. It has also been noted that tinkering with your music maker, (Cd, radio etc), whatever it is, is also to blame for numerous accidents. The message here is, "people, the car is not your playground, family room, or wherever you are comfortable doing these things." Concentrate, concentrate, concentrate on the road while driving.
Before I take this any further, I want to raise my hand and say I was guilty, but not anymore. Of course, it had to be mandated, before I completely quit. We have a "no cell phone while driving law," in California as do about fourteen other states, in the U.S.
Hold on now, let's not throw the baby out with the bath water. There are benefits to having a cell phone along for the ride. Emergency calls can be made, as a matter of fact The Cellular Telephone and Internet Association estimated that about 139,000 emergency call are made from cell phones every day, and no doubt a good number are made from drivers. Also when experiencing mechanical problems, drivers are able to reach towing services easier. In addition, what mother doesn't welcome her cell phone if a child falls ill when they're apart.
Even with all the positives, I can't help but wonder what happened between the time the first auto makers put the first car on the road and Motorola, Samsung, or whoever put the first cellphones in our hands? I've been driving far longer than I've been talking on a cellular phone, and I'm still here to talk about it. I would venture to say, all those years cell phones didn't save my life on the road, although they might now. Sounds like a politician now don't I, speaking out of both sides of my mouth, but,(I'm just saying).
All I'm saying is, with all the proof that using the cell phone while driving is detrimental to our health and life, shouldn't we be about the business of adopting new habits for our travels along the road, again. Oh say, I have a novel idea, why don't we spend a little time with ourselves, or, are we afraid of what we'll find, from a little introspection. (I'm just saying).
Just one more thing, please view the second video I inserted, and see if it has an impact, if not, it should. Make it a habit of not talking on a cell phone while driving, and don't let anyone with whom you're riding, talk or text while driving. If there's ever a time to speak up this is it. I have no qualms about speaking out when I'm riding with someone who wants to talk on the phone while I'm riding with them. In my immediate circle of friends and family, both my daughters, and a 78 year old friend has gotten tickets while talking and driving. That perhaps saved their lives, and the lives of someone they might have met intimately, through an accident. So, speak up, and, help save a life or two.
If your driving and cell phone habits are bad will you change them now
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