Bans On Handheld Cellphones While Driving Won't Make Us Better Drivers

Bans On Handheld Cellphones While Driving Won't Make Us Better Drivers

Arizona is putting cellphones in the back seat.


Arizona's city of Glendale has passed a ban on cellphone use while driving as of February 7. A fine of $250 will be given to drivers who talk, text or operate their devices while behind the wheel of a moving car. Hands-free devices are permissible under this law, and this law is followed by 46 states and 30 countries, yet the law itself has not closed the gap on the remaining three states or globally.

Texting or talking on or using a phone is similar, but not the same, as driving under the influence. People who can afford distractions do not seem to mind the challenge of inhibiting their awareness if it means doing more with less effort and in little time. The sacrifice here, however, is no more convenient than it is precarious.

Having your phone in one hand and the other on the steering wheel is like playing with dynamite. One notification bell could lead to the sound of a bleating car horn and a car crash the next.

If you are driving, you cannot be texting or talking with the phone up to your ear or in front of your face. The hand and eyes lock the head in place and when they do finally unlock it is for a split second before your attention is swept away by the voice of your friend or family mixed with the sounds of traffic and your radio.

For all the safety and reassurance car companies sell us, you would think phone companies would do the same, but I guess we do not have the technology to do that. But if we do, how would we implement it and sell it?

A vibration sensor or distinct alarm that tells you when you are blindly walking into a busy street or careening unaware into a blind spot? What about self-driving cars, are we going to put our senses and trust into a machine instead of ourselves? Sounds like one more distraction waiting to happen.

People do not like to be told they are at risk unless that risk means reward, but even those words' definitions get mistaken for each other.

The difference is between life and death. People have to realize multitasking is limited to tasks that are not readily apparent, visible, or threatening.

Meaning, if it could be done, but should not be done, why risk it? What reward is there?

While a law is passed, it does not mean people will follow it. Jaywalking is still a punishable crime but how many people are actually convicted of it?

Personal neglect cannot be monitored, at least in this case, not until after the fact.

If a driver wants to be a better driver, he or she should start placing their hands at ten and two and their eyes above the dashboard. Bans will enforce the situation, and prevent it as much as they can, but at the end of the day, the only thing in the driver's way is the driver.

While our cell phones are sitting in the back seat, our anonymity and power behind the wheel of a car can too.

Drive safe, arrive and depart safely, and remember, a car can be replaced, but you and everyone else on the road cannot.

First rule of driving: drive when you are driving.

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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.

We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.

2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^

8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.

14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.


17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.

18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”

23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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Ditch The Device and Live In The Moment

A reminder to everyone that we all should be present.


Take a look at this picture. What's unique about it?

Image collected from E News Online, 2015

When I came across this image on the internet, I took a minute to truly analyze it. You'll notice an indifferent elder living in the moment as she's surrounded by everyone else capturing the moment with their phone. She'd be classified as a trendsetter in our society today. I wish more people would follow her lead.

Sometimes I believe I was born in the wrong generation, and I was the only one who felt like phones are being overused. However, the more friends I've met in college, the more I realize I'm not alone in wishing there wasn't an excessive amount of technology like there is currently. It makes me wonder why people don't take more strides to minimize how much time we're dedicating to our devices. It also makes me wonder why I am not making more of an effort to put down my phone. I've come to understand that our phones can be an addiction: getting likes on Instagram is an addiction, scrolling through Twitter is an addiction, texting your boo back every day is also an addiction.

My belief is that technology isn't going to slow down anytime soon and the fair majority of the population rely on the constant use of their phones. However, I hope more people, like me, make a greater effort to be present at the moment. I know our phones have become a necessity for several uses like staying in contact with our family and snapping a photo of memorable events in our lives...But when "capturing the moment" becomes more important than "living the moment", then my hope is we can all strive to be more like that trendsetting elder.

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