I know that today we think that the state of Illinois is just trying to find ways to bring money in, this could in fact be the case in most circumstances, but when it comes to texting and driving I would like to believe that it is more for people’s safety. Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashed, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes). (NHTSA) People do drive as if they were drunk if they are texting someone. It’s hard to believe that in such a short amount of time someone or something could be harmed. My biggest goal in time is to hopefully lower the behavior in texting and driving. I don’t want to be the one cop that just pulls people over for that specific traffic stop, but to me it’s a lot more than just bringing in money for the police department that I will be working for.
A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into an accident than a non-texting driver. (2009, VTTI) Due to this statistic it should make people uneasy when they are driving next to, behind or in front of a person who is texting and driving. The youtube video below shows how a person becomes distracted while on a cell phone. I know in my own experience that I’ve had my number of occasions where I have tripped, or ran into a wall due to texting and walking. In the video you see a women trip while texting and it’s only for a few seconds. Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field. (2009, VTTI)
Illinois laws state that a driver is prohibited from texting while driving, but just like any other law, it gets broken from time to time. Illinois’s mobile phone and texting laws are considered “primary” laws. A primary law is a law that a police officer can pull a person over for, for the specific offense of texting and driving without having to witness some other violation.
If people are punished for drinking while under the influence they should be for texting and driving as well. I understand people feel that it may be cruel to get “easy” money, but people have been hurt from people texting and driving. My dad lost his best friend of 30 years to a girl who was texting and driving. He was like another uncle to my sister and I and it defiantly opened up our eyes to people who violate the law of texting and driving. Overall Illinois has advanced in making sure that citizens abide by the laws, I am for officers pulling people over for what people think is just a money maker. It can save a person’s life by making sure that driver doesn’t cross those yellow lines.