Cell­phones and driv­ing don’t mix

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While it is il­le­gal and highly danger­ous, peo­ple still con­tinue to flout the law and use their cell­phones while driv­ing.

For some rea­son, the over­whelm­ing com­pul­sion to read and send mes­sages or an­swer a call can cause even peo­ple who would nor­mally be re­spon­si­ble and law-abid­ing to put their own and other road users’ lives at risk.

Put sim­ply, there is ab­so­lutely no ex­cuse for it and the ar­gu­ments given for do­ing so will never even come close to jus­ti­fy­ing the heart­break and tragedy that oc­curs reg­u­larly be­cause some­one was un­able to re­sist the temp­ta­tion to use their phone il­le­gally.

For those who feel they couldn’t pos­si­bly turn their phone off or ig­nore it, hands­free sets are avail­able, and of course there is al­ways the op­tion of pulling off to the side of road, which is the one that should be taken if you ever find your­self need­ing to look at a cell­phone screen or use any of the but­tons on your phone while you are driv­ing.

It is a priv­i­lege, not a right, to hold a driver’s li­cense, and you are ex­pected to make cor­rect de­ci­sions re­gard­ing the safety of your­self and other road users.

The next time when you are driv­ing and your cell­phone alerts you to a mes­sage or a call, and you feel com­pelled to have a sneaky look or an­swer it il­le­gally, ask what could be so im­por­tant to risk your life or some­one else’s to an­swer?

Peo­ple still persist in us­ing cell­phones while driv­ing.

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