The Problem of Cellular Phone Use while Driving in Ashville North Carolina

Even though it is apparent that both the quantity and superiority of the wireless communication technology have developed remarkably over the last decade in Ashville, North Carolina (NC), there is little agreement whether this advances a considerably sufficient risk to traffic security to merit legislation in the local area.
Advocates of restrictions in Ashville, particularly the non-governmental associations (NGOs) working with various communities in the area, have claimed that the exceptional distraction caused by cellular phone use and other communication devices available inside the vehicle diverts the attention of the driver away from the road more hazardously than other activities. As Chief William Hogan of the Asheville Police Department has stated in my personal interview with him, drivers nowadays are becoming more and more irresponsible. And because of the burgeoning of sophisticated technologies people are becoming lax in their safety concerns.
According to a recent survey, cellular phone use while driving is the second leading cause of vehicular accidents in North Carolina (Murphy 2009). Similarly, the DUI/DWI News confirmed that driving while on the cell phone increases the likelihood of a vehicular accident in the area (DUI North Carolina 2006). Therefore, the issue of cell phone use while driving merits legislation and significant attention from the law enforcement agencies of Asheville, NC. The only problem is how to initiate legislation and how to effectively implement it.
Chief Hogan admitted that they have attempted to solve the problem of cell phone use while driving in the area by imposing penalties or large fines for those who will violate the restrictions on cell phone use, yet the problem still persists. He claimed that the importance of cellular phones takes precedence over concern for safety measures while driving which makes the successful implementation of the restriction difficult to achieve.

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