Ban phone use while driving in Greater Boise Area

Ban phone use while driving in Greater Boise Area

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Marady Leary started this petition to Senator Regina M Bayer and

automobile crashes as a result of texting/phone use while driving is an epidemic that has taken our nation by storm over the past decade. Whether people think they can safely type on their phone while driving, or just don’t think there is any real danger in the act does not matter. Phone use while driving must be stopped. To do this our government must take action to both add uniformity to the laws and punishments bestowed on the offenders.

Phone use and driving is one of the largest epidemics to sweep our nation. The progression of text messaging, with more capable phones and larger numbers of people engaging than ever before, has turned into one of the largest distractions in our world. People are constantly fixated on their phones, checking Twitter, Facebook and making calls. The use of a cell phone while driving is extremely distracting and dangerous to the person behind the wheel, and everyone else on the road as well. Every year, 21% of fatal car crashes involving teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of using their cell phones while behind the wheel. This statistic is expected to grow as much as 4% every year. But, this is not just a problem among teen drivers. One-fifth of adult drivers in the United States also report sending text messages while driving  (“Cell Phone & Texting Accidents”). To combat this problem, the government must take a stronger stance and pass legislation that unifies phone use while driving laws and punishments, as well as installing much more education about the dangers of phone use behind the wheel to convey the much-needed message to the future drivers of the Boise Area.

 A law banning all use of cell phones would cause dissatisfaction within certain members of the American population, as it would cause the need for complying with a completely new rule that is combatting what has become ingrained behavior for many Americans. But, any law that bans texting/phone use while driving would undoubtedly save hundreds of American lives. Each year, six thousand deaths and half a million injuries are caused by distracted drivers (“Cell Phone & Texting Accidents”). A ban on phone use while driving would aid in cutting this number down immediately.

 

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