Editorial - Cell Phone and Texting While Driving In teen...

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Unformatted text preview: Cell Phone and Texting While Driving In teen and adult driving alike, over one fourth of the car crashes reported each year occur as direct results from a driver being distracted by cell phone use. As a result of these crashes, every year over 4,200 people are killed, with another 330,000 being injured to various degrees. With Florida ranking as one of the top states in terms of cell phone related collisions and injuries, anti-cell phone use while driving laws have naturally been considered. Passing one or more of these laws is a beneficial idea. A 2,800 pound machine hurtling at 60 miles per hour should be handled with the utmost caution. At the very least, a driver’s attention should be (mostly) given to the important navigation task at hand. Texting while driving increases the amount of time a driver looks away from his surroundings by 400%. When a variable changes on the road, a vehicle operator must react. If he is not looking up to notice this modification of the situation, he will not be able to act react....
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