Secondly, studies have shown cellphone use to be a major contributing factor in accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports on its distracted driving website that more than 20 percent of the fatal crashes involving teens in 2011 could be directly linked to cellphone use.
It’s tempting to give ourselves the benefit of the doubt, and say, “Well, it’ll be all right this one time,” or, “I’m sure I can handle it.” And maybe it will be all right; maybe you can handle it. But is that risk really worth taking?
As the NHTSA says, “One text or call could wreck it all” — meaning, your life or someone else’s.
We applaud the state of New York for taking a firm stand on this. The harsher penalties should make people think twice about picking up a cellphone while behind the wheel. And if it saves one life, it’s well worth it.