The Use Of Cell Phones
In today’s society our technology is more advanced than ever before. So far advanced is our society, that we can easily use cell phones to speak to anyone, anywhere and at any time. For example, we can use cell phones while driving, or speak to someone in another country. We can use them in the business world to conduct meetings or to rely vital information to co-workers or to conduct trade with other businesses. Today’s American culture relies heavily on the use of cell phones. The recent growth of cellular telephone usage is a phenomena that defies all gender, racial, and age boundaries. Cell phones are more than just the latest electronic gadget on the market. They are essential parts of our business and personal lives. Cell phones are used to schedule appointments, fax, e-mail, call for assistance, report emergencies and keep in contact with loved ones and friends. Driving while using a cell phone is very common and proves a major threat to people’s lives on the road. Cell phones must be banned while driving; however, I also agree that cell phones are beneficial for communication and for gaining help in emergencies. In the public and legislative arenas, as well as in the media, there have been c
All states make reckless or careless driving illegal. Few states, however, specifically regulate cell phone use in automobiles. California, Florida and Massachusetts impose minor restrictions on cell phones in automobiles. In California, rental cars with cellular telephone equipment must include written operating instructions for safe use. In Florida, cellular phone use is permitted in an automobile as long as it provides sound through one ear and allows surrounding sound to be heard with the other ear. In Massachusetts, car phones are permitted as long as they do not interfere with vehicle operation, and drivers keep one hand on the steering wheel at all times (Sundeen). The use of cell phones while a vehicle is in motion has already been banned in Australia, Spain, Israel, Portugal, Italy, Brazil, Chile, Switzerland, Great Britain, Singapore, Taiwan, Sweden, Japan, and Austria (Cell phone safety advocates). Driving with a cell phone was also banned in Japan after a study found the number of traffic accidents related to the phones increased by 11 percent from 1997 to 1998. In the month after the law went into effect in Japan, the number of accidents caused by drivers using cell phones fell by about 75 percent (Nation Conference of State Legislators). The United States needs to take higher action to help reduce the number of accidents due to people using their cell phones while driving because if they do not, the situation will never get better but only get worse. Based on these statistics, why would the United States not want to take action based on the improvement shown in other countries?
At a research laboratory in Salt Lake City, professor David Strayer asked volunteers to take a ride in a driving simulator. After the volunteers strap on the seat belt and adjusted the mirrors, they started the car. Then the cell phone rings and the research begins. It's a replica of a similar study conducted in England, and the results are, so far, the same. Most drivers with cell phones, either the hand-held or hands-free models cannot cruise and chat at the same time. The drivers miss traffic lights and ignore changes in traffic - the latter possibly leading to more rear-end collisions, the University of Utah professor said. "We've found that talking on cell phones causes 'inattention blindness' for some people," he said. "Even though they're looking right at something, they don't see it because their mind is elsewhere. The cell phone is pulling them into a virtual reality" (Scripps Howard News Service).
Some topics in this essay:
Mobile Phone, United States, Cellular Network, Bluetooth, Rotary Dial, Japan, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, GSM Services, State Law, GSM,
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