We know the facts, and we read the papers: cell phone use on New York roads is extensive, despite laws against texting while driving and handheld cell phone use.
New York City police officers claim that nearly 60 car accidents occur daily due to distracted driving. Suprisingly, statistics show that distracted drivers could be more dangerous on the road than drunk drivers. Yet, many people continue to do drive with distractions every day.
However, a new comparison has arrived that may change the way people think about distracted driving. The head of a federal agency announced that she believes cell phone use is as addictive as smoking. When compared to an addiction, it becomes more obvious as to why it is so difficult for people to stop using their phones while driving their car.
With this new concept in mind, it could be argued that regulation of phone use is futile. People may not be able to set down their mobile devices even if they want to. In fact, Blackberrys have often jokingly been called, “Crackberrys.” Still, addiction or not, it is unsafe to use a cellular phone while driving a car.
Some policymakers believe the answer to the problem of continued use lies in changing the perception that using a cell phone while driving is a risk worth taking. Smoking used to be considered “cool” and “grown-up,” but now most people understand the dangers and many cannot comprehend why anyone would still smoke. These policymakers believe a similar change in mindset could be the only way to curb distracted driving. The goal is to make cell phone use while driving as taboo and as smoking. If this happened, people might make safer choices themselves instead of reacting to laws.
People are beginning to understand the risks of driving and texting, and are starting to understand that using a cell phone while driving can be a distraction that can have awful consequences. The facts speak for themselves, but it may take a change in the nation’s perception regarding the safety of using cellular devices while driving to ensure safer roadways.