To the Editor:

In the United States, it is proven that distracted driving is a major cause of automobile accidents. Using a cellphone while driving requires a specified amount of attention from the driver. When the driver is paying more attention to his electronic device than driving the vehicle, it only takes a few seconds for an accident to occur. Taking one’s eyes off the road for any reason is a danger to not only himself but to those around him. The crash risk greatly increases when one is driving while distracted.

In order to prevent these types of accidents, many states have established laws prohibiting cell phone use in a vehicle. While these laws help, many teenagers ignore the risks and continue to put themselves and others in harm’s way.

Driving while distracted is a serious matter — one that should not be taken lightly.

Jodee Harmon

Benton

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