In this technologically advancing world, cell phone use is a common thing for the young and old. Cell phones’ portability enhances communication among people in different places for a numerous number of reasons. In spite of its benefits, especially in terms of communication, cell phone use poses serious risks to human life, under some circumstances. Authorities ought to prohibit cell phone use while driving through sound legislation to curb the growing number of car crashes as a result of this nasty habit.
When a person uses a phone during driving, they lose concentration on their main job: driving. Loss of concentration means that the driver has high chances of running into pedestrians or other vehicles on the road. When the conversation is emotionally stressful, the driver forgets that he or she has another task, driving, to carefully perform. Secondly, cell phone use engages one hand, leaving only one hand for driving. Effective handling of the steering requires use of both hands. In the case of driving while using a cell phone, there is insufficient strength to steer the vehicle appropriately. The Harvard Center of Risk Analysis calculates ‘that cell phone use while driving contributes to six percent of crashes, which equates to 636,000 crashes, 330,000 injuries, 12,000 serious injuries and 2,600 deaths and each year and a tab of $43 billion’ (“Should cell phones be banned while driving” 2009).
In conclusion, every sane human being knows that talking on a cell phone while driving can be fatal. A driver who uses a phone while performing his or her duties is reckless and dangerous not only to other road users but also to himself or herself. Simply, there should be a form of legislation that completely prohibits cell phone use while driving. This would be a step towards reducing crashes that result from reckless cell phone use while handling the steering wheel. It is risky to use a phone while driving. Drivers ought to know where and when it is safe to use cell phones.