Cell phones have become an integral part of our daily lives. While they do offer convenience, they can be detrimental and dangerous; specifically when used while driving. Cell phone distractions have been linked to more than 2,600 deaths per year. Studies have shown that “distracted driving” is equivalent to driving while intoxicated. Many states have passed legislation limiting or prohibiting cell phone usage while driving, including Pennsylvania.
This episode of That’s History looks at how society’s view of drunk driving has changed and relates that to distracted driving. The Historical Society’s collections include more than 21 million items. Please visit the library at 1300 Locust Street or search our collections online.