Driving Drunk Vs. Using Cell Phone While Driving
Nowadays mobile market is maturing and growing at a great speed. Whether it's a teenager or house wife - mobile phones have become an important part of their lives. They are going without food, clothes and textbooks to keep a mobile phone. Keeping a cell phone has become a point of status for the people all over the world. People have become so much addicted to mobile phones that they use them irrespective of time and place.
But they don't realize a fact that using mobile phones while driving is as dangerous as driving while drunk. The relative risk of being in a traffic accident while using a phone is similar to the hazard associated with driving with a blood alcohol level at the legal limit.
The only difference between the behaviors of drunk drivers and those who were talking on the phone is that drunk drivers tended to be aggressive, while those talking on the phone were more sluggish.
Risks of drunk driving
The more a person drinks, the more their ability to make crucial driving decisions becomes impaired. After just one drink, a driver can begin to lose their ability to perform the tasks necessary to drive a car: braking, steering, changing lanes, and using judgment to adjust to changing road conditions. Alcohol has a depressant effect on the central nervous system, which includes the brain and nerve pathways that control muscle action. It slows down brain functions and can affect judgment and emotions as well as behavior. The more you drink, the greater the effects.
Drunk-driving is responsible for a large number of deaths, injuries, damage and accidents every year. In most international jurisdictions, anyone who is convicted of injuring or killing someone while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be heavily fined.
Risks of Driving while using cell phone
There are two dangers associated with driving and cell-phone use. First, drivers must take their eyes off the road while dialing. Second, people can become so absorbed in their conversations that their ability to concentrate on the act of driving is severely impaired, jeopardizing the safety of vehicle occupants and pedestrians. Talking on the cell phone reduce reaction time by 9 percent in terms of braking and 19 percent in terms of picking up speed after braking.
Many studies have shown that using hand-held cell phones while driving can constitute a hazardous distraction. Dialing numbers, receiving calls and holding conversations on cell phones while driving eats away at the concentration required of motorists.
Remedies to control above two crimes
1. The mobile Industry and the government should rapidly enhance the knowledge base on mobile phones use by motorist and should encourage more selective and prudent use of mobile phones while driving.
2. Awareness of the problems associated with drunk driving should be increased by organizing anti drunk driving campaigns.
3. Strict laws should be made to control both the crimes
4. Existing rules or laws should be revived.