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Imagine driving down the road and you see a horrific accident you reach over and pick up your cell phone to call 911 for help As you complete the call you see flashing blue lights in the rearview mirror you have just been pulled over and could possibly receive jail time for using your cell phone while driving Impossible you say not if some people have their way There are a growing number of people who would like to see the use of cell phones banned in moving vehicles What most of these people will not tell you is it will cost society money to ban cell phones cell phones are the least distraction occurring in cars and there are many benefits to using cell phones while driving The first issue brought up by the anti cell phone opponents is banning the use of cell phones while driving would save society billions of dollars in health care costs and damage to personal property every year While at first this may seem to be the truth when all the facts are studied this proves to be a false assumption Several studies have shown that banning the use of cell phones while driving would actually cost society money every year A research paper written by Robert W Hahn and Patrick M Dudley from the AEI-Bookings Joint center for Regulatory Studies concluded that a cell phone ban would not be a very cost effective way to save lives They used the results of a study conducted by Redelmeier and Tibshirani that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine to show that banning cell phones would cost society money Redelmeier and Tibshirani estimated that cell phones were responsible for approximately 600000 collisions 730 deaths 115000 injuries and 18 billion in health care costs and property damages annually Redelmeier estimated what subscribers pay
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