The single greatest hurdle however is the legal issue of taking away people’s rights to have their phone in the car with them. Without being able to prove that they were in fact using their mobile device in the vehicle a police officer cannot rightly charge an individual for committing the act. In order to combat texting and driving in the past some police jurisdictions have traced the time of a message sent or a call made to prove that the driver was if fact using their phone while driving. However even with this technique there is little to no proof that the car was not parked at the time of the message.
The gold standard for impaired driving, at least in the minds of many Americans, is drunk driving, but texting while driving has been found to be six times more dangerous than drunk driving.
While researching our topic we ran into the issue of acquiring Prince Edward Island specific information that we could confidently use in an academic setting. There are many peer reviewed articles online about the dangers of texting and driving as well as the laws that have been created to help prevent these situations. Unfortunately most of these articles are based in the United States or Canada as a whole, or more specifically a particular state in the US. Even articles that we did find about the island did not provide hard facts or numbers that we could use. We also had the issue of being unable to find some information that we were looking for. We had issues finding exact figures about the number of accidents that occur every year, RCMP information specific to texting and driving on the island, teen driver statistics, and the accident rate caused by texting and driving as opposed to distracted driving or just simply inexperienced drivers.
If we were to go back a do this project again we would decide upon our specific topic sooner to give ourselves more time to get sufficient research done. We would also allocate more time to get together as a group to work on the finished product and practice the presentation. To have more time to complete these things we believe that we would be able to find much more relevant information that would effectively strengthen our project as a whole.
In this digital age, portable devices have already become a part of our life. Technology makes our life more efficient, convenient, but somehow dangerous. We as users of mobile devices need to be more conscious of usage while in our vehicles and resist the urge to answer messages while driving.
In the past decades, fast-developing technology has been a very controversial topic, the issues about privacy, the diseases caused by technology, and most importantly, people’s lifestyle. Marketers promote the smartphone as people can do anything on a small device anywhere, but the fact is we should not use it anywhere, at never the less when we are driving.
Scholars are also quite supportive of leaving the phone alone while on the road. That’s where it must start. We must teach children that it is not appropriate to text and drive from a very young age. The government and schools are educating the people almost every day not to text and drive. They also should take more actions such as increasing the fine and the punishments, but people still get injured and die in car accidents caused by texting and driving. That makes us think, what will the future be like?