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By Gail Stewart

Mobile phones, whereas delivering a simple ability verbal exchange, were mentioned because the explanation for hundreds of thousands of lethal riding injuries during the usa. via aim overviews, fundamental assets, and full-color illustrations, this name examines The Distractions of using, The technology of Distraction, mobile phones and the legislation, Have legislation diminished mobile phone Distraction? different Efforts to lessen mobile phone Use by way of Drivers.

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Taylor’s Law Heeding Ritter’s advice might well have saved the life of eighteen-yearold college student Taylor Sauer of Caldwell, Idaho. She was killed on January 12, 2012, as she was making the four-hour drive home from Utah State University. Along the way she was texting a friend on Facebook, talking about the Denver Broncos football team. Eerily, her last text was, “I can’t discuss this now. Driving and Facebook is not safe! ”40 Just a few moments later, her car slammed into the back of a slowmoving tanker truck as it went up a hill.

I know very well that I can use a cell phone and drive without having an accident. I’m careful, and I use common sense. . I don’t believe we need politicians to tell us what to do in our own cars with the phone we paid for. . ”34 The idea of personal freedom is ingrained in the American way of life, but not all Americans share the view that laws represent an infringement on that freedom. Some laws are needed for the overall public good because people are not always strong enough or insightful enough to act rationally—or safely—and their actions might endanger not only themselves but others.

61 —AAA Foundation for In response to the study’s findings, Robert Traffic Safety study. L. Darbelnet, president of AAA, called on car manufacturers to slow their development of such communications systems. “There is a looming public safety crisis ahead with the future proliferation of these in-vehicle technologies,” he announced. ”62 Some states prohibit drivers from using handheld cell phones but allow hands-free devices (pictured). Researchers say the use of hands-free phones by drivers is just as distracting and hazardous as the use of handheld phones.

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