Some states have now made it illegal to drive while using a hand-held cell phone. I agree with this because, thousands of people a year get killed or hospitalized because of texting and driving, when you’re driving, you need to be completely focused on the road, not a cell-phone, and if you are driving and using a cell-phone, if you get into an accident because you were not paying attention, you could get into a car crash and destroy your vehicle.
To begin with,typically,the people who text and drive get killed or hospitalized.Statistics prove that using a cellular device while driving is responsible for up to 1.6 million crashes a year! Nearly 390,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting and driving. It is proven that one out of every 4 cars (or vehicles) in the United States is caused by texting and driving.In 2015 (which was only 4 years ago) up to 400,000 people were injured and more than 3,000 people were killed because of distracted driving.Sharon Heit, a mother of a texting while driving victim, said,”In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others,and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you.” One little text message is not worth losing your life. Trust me.
Second of all,when you are driving, you need to be completely focused on the road. If you have a cell-phone in your hand, you are unable to pay attention to changing road conditions. Let’s say you are driving. You get a text from someone, so you check your phone. All of a sudden you hear a loud *THUMP*! Surprise! You hit a bunny rabbit. When you are looking at a cellular device, you are not paying attention to the road. Paying attention to the road also includes, watching for crossing people, watching for animals, and watching for road signs and stop lights. Let’s give another example. Let’s say you’re texting a friend while you are driving. You look up from your phone then realize you just ran a stop sign and almost crashed into a car trying to drive in your current direction. You look in your rear-view mirror and see red and blue flashing lights. It’s the police. You get pulled over and get a ticket.The penalty for a first offense for violating the texting law is a fine ranging from $20 to $400 and up to four points on the driving record of the offender. A text saying “i’ll be home for dinner.” should not cost you up to 400 dollars.
Finally, let’s say you own a very expensive car. You are driving in you expensive car and you’re not paying attention because you are texting. A huge buck runs in front of you and hits your car. The animal turns out to be okay, but the car is not. The windshield is cracked and the headlight is busted. Paying for the damages on a very expensive car can get to be extremely pricey. Especially if the damage was inside the hood of the car. Not to mention the insurance bills. Let me give another example. You are texting while driving. You look up and it’s too late. You ram your car into someone else’s. You would have to pay for the damages of your car and their car. The family who owns the car you accidentally destroyed could sue you. One text or phone call is not worth that amount of money.
Some may say that, people may need to use their phone for a business or work text, or they need to use their phone because they need their gps. I agree that some phone calls or text messages may need to be utilized for business purposes. However, I do not think that business text or phone call is worth your life, or anyone else’s.
In conclusion, I agree that some states have made it illegal to drive while having a hand-held cell-phone because, thousands of people get killed or deathly injured because of texting in driving (That is about 8 people a day!), because when you are driving you need to be focused on the road and nor distracted, and finally, because if you are in some sort of car accident, the cost will be very very big. I am hoping that the people who read this realize the dangers of texting and driving.