Drivers Talking On Cell Phones Causing Real Danger On Our Roads

According to the Human Factors quarterly journal, “Cell phone distraction causes 2,600 deaths and 330,000 injuries in the United States every year” (2005). The same study reported that motorists who are engaged in cell phone conversations while driving are less capable than drunk drivers with blood alcohol levels exceeding .08. With a greater awareness of the potential cell phones have to distract drivers, many states including Connecticut have adopted laws restricting the use of cell phones while driving.  Even in states and cities where there are no restrictions on cell phone use by motorists, using a cell phone that plays a factor in causing a car accident will be considered an act of negligence thereby holding the cell phone user liable for damages caused by the accident.