At the beginning of March, Colorado lawmakers decided to reject a new measure that would ban cellphone use while driving. The committee has stated that they will not let this measure go dormant. The bill would have banned hand-held calls as well as the usage of apps while driving.
The issue arises mostly from the usage of apps as far as parents are concerned. With Bluetooth being the norm, many drivers are able to answer important calls while still maintaining safe driving habits. Apps are not as easy to handle. With apps, a person is completely distracted and will not be keeping their eyes on the road. For Colorado, this should bring about great concern for a state that has seen its fair share of texting-related deaths.
Alexander Heit is a prime example of the dangers of texting while driving. At just 22 years old, Alexander was like most young adults – invincible. With his life and future looking bright, this young college student ended his days with an unfinished text reading:
“Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw-”
This one brief moment in time was enough to send Alexander into oncoming traffic. One moment of trying to stay connected to the world sent Alexander right into the hospital where he eventually lost his life.
Apps and calls may be a bit different. Calls can lead to anger, frustration and a lack of judgment. If a person receives a call that their parent died while driving, their judgment will be severely limited. Speeding, erratic driving and lack of attention can all cause an accident in this case. Thankfully, these circumstances are not the norm. With the ability to answer phones in a hands-free manner, it is possible to use a cellphone safely while driving.
Apps are much different. A low signal or bad internet connectivity can cause apps to hang, which further distracts drivers. Depending on the app, a person may spend just as much or more time looking at their phone than Alexander did before his life was cut short.
As the need for new legislation is eminent, there is also the issue of enforcement. There are already laws in place that make distracted driving illegal. While
Colorado passed legislation to ban texting while driving in 2009, the question remains: What else can be done?
The real debate is that laws and penalties need to be more substantial. There needs to be a ban on using handheld devices of any type while driving. With the advancement of voice-to-text technology, how will texting be handled?
Laws need to be modified with regularity in the digital age. Has the law gone far enough with texting and driving?
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