Driving Safety, Phone Devices, and Legislation

DrivingSafety, Phone Devices, and Legislation

DrivingSafety, Phone Devices, and Legislation

Inrecent years, interests have arisen over the issues of drivers’lack of concentration due to the distractions related to the use ofphones, which psychologists proved to cause an impairment equivalencenoted in illegally drunken drivers with a minimum blood-alcohol levelof 0.08% (Strayer, Drews &amp Crouch, 2006). In the United States(U.S), statistics indicate that about 25% of road accidents are theresult of talking and texting while driving (Klauer et al., 2014)the need to address the matter through proper legislation is,therefore, inevitable.

Evidently,the utilization of phones while spinning the wheels amount to severaldistractions namely physical, cognitive, and visual the driverreleases one hand from the steering to handle the phone, views thedevice and or type texts, and strains to multitask (Strayer et al.,2006). Hence, he or she struggles to make the right decisionsregarding distance, environmental conditions, speed, and spacecoupled with the slower reactions, many drivers crash and end up inhospitals, and innocent pedestrians report injuries and or loss oflives.

Althoughsome tips for staying safe while driving in possession of a phonehave been introduced, very few drivers comply with the guidelines inthe United States. They rarely pull over and park the car to make aphone call or use voicemails or even insert break periods forcontacting family and friends in the travel schedule (Klauer et al.,2014). Consequently, the U.S government must redefine its legislativeinterventions on road safety to illegalize the use of mobile phoneswhile driving or when a vehicle is motionless but not parked such isthe policy that has aided in the reduction of road crashes inAustralia.

Therefore,the idea of psychologists to outlaw cell phone use in averting driverdistractions is relevant a state with a commitment to reduceaccident cases must not ignore the recommendation.

References

Klauer,S. G., Guo, F., Simons-Morton, B. G., Ouimet, M. C., Lee, S. E., &ampDingus, T. A. (2014). Distracted driving and risk of road crashesamong novice and experienced drivers.&nbspNewEngland journal of medicine,&nbsp370(1),54-59.

Strayer,D. L., Drews, F. A., &amp Crouch, D. J. (2006). A comparison of thecell phone driver and the drunk driver.&nbspHumanfactors: The journal of the human factors and ergonomicssociety,&nbsp48(2),381-391.