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Do Cell Phones Cause More Vehicle Accidents? The cellular phone, while not being directly related to automotive travel, has become one of the most popular and life-threatening innovations. The number of cellular phone users has grown to one hundred million in the United States. There are two categories of cell-phone purposes. The first category, which is least popular, is called “only for emergencies.” Cellular phones used in this category are simply reliable sources of communication. Some emergencies might include: a broken-down car, stranded family or friends, and calls regarding directions. The second category of cell-phone purposes is called “the attention thief.” Which is the leading cause of car accidents and in almost all cases, death. The cellular phones used in this category consist of long personal conversations that steal the drivers’ attention away from the road, other drivers, and pedestrians. Driving while talking on a cellular phone negatively effects a person’s ability to drive, and increases the risk of anyone else on the road. There have been many cases that prove cellular phones interfere with the ability to control an automobile. One case, which ended in the death of Continue...


Common sense would seem to dictate that using a phone in heavy traffic is risky. Motorists should use discretion in dialing up a cell phone. Driving an automobile is more than pressing the gas pedal and steering the wheel. Dividing our attention between two tasks decreases our performance in both of them. That can be a scary thought considering the number of people who use cellular phones in their car everyday. Although there are solutions for these common occurrences, such as hands-free kits and speed dial to decrease the time used dialing; these aides don't necessarily increase the drivers alertness to the road. If a driver is having a pleasant conversation their attitude towards other drivers is less likely to be aggressive. Even if I hang-up the phone the disagreement usually dictates my tolerance level for other drivers. In my experience with driving and having phone conversations my attitude towards other drivers depends on the mood I get from the conversation. Performing these two tasks simultaneously increases the risk of having an accident four times. a young boy who was hit by a driver using a cellular phone, led me to the assumptions that cellular phones decreased drivers' response time and phone conversations created a distraction for drivers. There is no doubt that the use of hand-held cell phones in cars is dangerous and can contribute noticeably to this already very high accident rate. Driving while talking on a cellular phone obviously negatively effects a person's ability to drive, and increases the risk of anyone else on the road. Drivers who take a chance and talk on the phone for long periods of time are subject to mood changes.