CONGRESS, IT IS TIME TO END DISTRACTED DRIVING…
Cell phones and other electronic devices have become more prevalent in today’s society as individuals from all generations are increasing their use. This trend has translated into more opportunities for distracted driving and this has created a serious issue that needs immediate attention. In 2009 distracted driving was reported in 20 percent of injury crashes according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“Distracted Driving Policy”). Furthermore, the report found that 18% of all fatalities in crashes related to distracted driving involved reports of a cell phone. This pressing matter continues to become more severe as more adults and teens become cell phone users, and in particular users of the text messaging feature. Research has shown that at any given daylight moment more than 100,000 drivers are texting and more than 600,000 drivers are holding phones to their ears while driving, (“Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving” pg. 3). This clearly highlights the magnitude of the issue and its need for immediate attention.
Currently, the state legislation holds the power to pass laws prohibiting cell phone use while driving. However there is a large disparity among the state laws, severity, and enforcement. Due to this ambiguity, the issue has not been resolved. Federal legislation has tried to address the issue of distracted driving, but primarily through campaigns to spread awareness and education. Unfortunately these campaigns are not enough, and until Congress passes a federal law, such as the proposed Safe Drivers Act of 2011, distracted driving will continue to take the lives of citizens. Congress, the power is in your hands. If you truly believe distracted driving is a dangerous issue, then why don’t you take real steps and actions to fix it. You can start by passing a federal law to ban the use of cell phones while driving.
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Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving. Ed. U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ray LaHood. Distraction.gov. Web. 30 Nov. 2012. <http://www.distraction.gov/content/press-release/2012/06-7.html>.
“Distracted Driving Policy.” Ohio Casualty Apr. 2011. PDF file.