At the start of 2017, a new law was passed regarding cell phone use while driving. Kron 4 informs, “Back in September, Governor Brown signed into law new requirements that drivers to keep electronic devices, including smartphones hands-free.” It is illegal to hold and use any electronic devices while driving. However, there is an exception to this law. Drivers are allowed to use their electronic devices if the device is activated through hands free technology and mounted on the dash or windshield.

Unfortunately, this law does have loopholes. The law excludes the “functions that require only the motion of a single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger.” This creates an exception for many applications, such as Tinder, on the cell phone that can be used while driving. But this does not change the fact that cell phone use while driving is dangerous.

According to Merced Sun-Star, Amanda Clark was a teenager from Oakdale California who survived her first texting and driving accident: “I thought this would be a wake up call for her,” said Clark’s mother Bonnye Spray. “And it was for a short time she wouldn’t talk on the phone, she was more cautious. But she got more confident in her driving and a sense of ‘Hey, I survived one, I’m invincible, nothing is going to happen to me now.’”

One year later, almost to the day, Clark was driving in Manteca. She’d been on the phone arguing with her roommate. When she took the Highway 120 bypass to Interstate 5 she lost control of her car and crashed. Cell phone records show she was texting.

Everyone is aware that cell phone use and driving is dangerous. But many college students and adults continue to ignore the precautions until it is too late. Never will there be an exception where texting and driving is tolerated. Don’t text and drive.

 

Picture Credits: The Leader

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