Cell phones are devils in disguise

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  • By Timothy S. Waage
  • 86th Security Forces Squadron
Cell phones have become an integral part of our day-to-day functioning. Its
Monday morning and the clock's ticking before you get to the office. There
are countless things to be done. Your child needs to be dropped off at
school, the appointment with the dentist has to be rescheduled and you can't
forget to call your supervisor to inform him that you're going to be late!
At crunch time, the cell phone becomes your angel in disguise but these
technologically advanced devices are devils in disguise.

Often we find ourselves asking others not to use cell phones while driving.
But how many times do we follow it ourselves? Of course we have
justifications, it was an emergency, it was my boss calling, it was an
unknown number, so on and so forth. Cell phones have become a necessity for
people throughout the world. The technically advanced phones not only
perform the work of making and receiving calls but also store important
data, images and contacts. The GPS-enabled phones become our navigators,
while we are on the move.

Take a moment and think, at what cost are we using these devices while
driving? At the risk of our lives, we are multi-tasking, outsourcing work
or catching up with friends. Honestly, life is too precious to be risked
for such silly reasons. A study was conducted in the US which shows that a
driver is at a four time higher risk of colliding with other vehicles when
he/she is talking and driving. 'Hands free' is an excuse for talking and
driving, but it is not safe either.

Listening to a fellow passenger, radio, or CDs are much easier and less
taxing for the brain as it does not ask the brain to respond. Talking and
driving has a greater risk as it demands the brain to think more than what
it is already busy doing. This obviously diverts the attention exposing the
driver to the likelihood of accidents. The police records too show that a
majority of accidents have been as a result of cell phone usage while

Inattentive driving not only puts your life at risk, but also that of the
passengers and the person you may collide with. The bargain is unreasonable
if you are thinking of multitasking and saving your time while driving. It
doesn't matter if you reach someplace a little late, what really matters is
that you've made it safely there!

If all of this doesn't get your attention, maybe this will, pursuant to
USAFE Instruction 31-202 and 86 AWI 31-201, a mandatory 7-day driving
suspension will administered for "texting" or using a computer or cell phone
while operating a POV. Subsequent violations will result in an additional
7-day suspension (example: second offense 14-day suspension).

Do the right thing, concentrate on driving and arrive at your destination