Don’t text and drive. We’ve all seen the commercials. They invoke feelings of fear and sympathy for the victims of distracted driver accidents to encourage us to avoid the temptation of our phones while driving. Since the development of the smartphone, especially the iPhone, distracted driving due to mobile device usage has increased exponentially.
As distracted driving as a result of mobile phone usage increases, so do the number of related accidents. Several years ago, the biggest killer of car related accidents was due to intoxication. Now, texting has surpassed alcohol as the number 1 cause of car accidents primarily due to the lengthened reaction time and elongated reaction distance.
As mobile technology advances, government officials are forced to adapt the laws to protect the people. Initially, the first laws against phone usage banned talking and texting while driving to prevent phone related motor vehicle accidents. However, these laws failed to address the usage of mapping and direction applications, which are also a large contributor to the distracted driver. In California, Judge Brian Alvarez argued to reword the law to state that any action dealing with a mobile device that distracts the hands from driving is prohibited. This includes texting, checking e-mails, and using any application. Essentially, the only legal usage of the mobile phone while driving is through voice commands and Siri.
However, the law cannot stop everyone from distracted driving. But to discourage drivers from using their phones while driving AT&T developed a simulation technology to show users that texting while driving is not worth losing a life.