Dangers of Distracted Driving
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.
About the Author
That's History was a biweekly radio segment co-produced by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and WHYY featuring historian Jonathan Zimmerman that aired from 2011 to 2012. That’s History took an event, issue or person in the news, and looked back into history for echoes, parallels, roots and lessons.