Annotated Bibliography for Texting and Driving Week 4.docx
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Running Head: Annotated Bibliography for Texting and Driving Annotated Bibliography for Texting and Driving English 135 Professor Wright DeVry University Annotated Bibliography for Texting and Driving 2 Annotated Bibliography for Texting and Driving It is undeniable that texting and driving is one of the major causes of accidents and deaths in the United States, especially among the youth. In response, society tries to prevent drinking and driving incidents by educating the public. The government has also implemented rules that would ban drinking and driving. In addition, with the popularity of smartphones, software developers now have come up with apps that can prevent users from texting and driving. However, while smartphone apps that prevent incar cellphone use are innovative and may be helpful in preventing users from texting and driving, stricter laws that ban texting and driving would still be more effective at curbing these incidents. As such, although technology advancements that would help prevent texting and driving are encouraged, more attention should still be placed on the implementation of stricter laws against texting and driving. Farrell, M. B. (2013, December 9). Apps try to monitor, tame texting drivers: One new system offers rewards; specialists wary of interactions. Boston Globe. Retrieved from http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/12/09/couldsmartphoneusedkeepyou fromtextingwhiledriving/r9yWT1ZsHP6BYCAh86LsUJ/story.html. This article discusses the reasons that software developers think that smartphone apps are an effective and fun way to prevent texting and driving. From these software developers’ perspective, it is unrealistic to expect people to turn off their cellphones while driving. Therefore, a better alternative would be to provide them with an app that would remind Annotated Bibliography for Texting and Driving 3 and motivate them not to use their cellphone while driving. However, with the gamelike mechanics and interface of these apps, particularly with the way that the apps allow the user to earn points for having good driving habits, many safety advocates fear that these would just add more distractions to a driver. My assessment: This article presents the ways that smartphone apps can be used to prevent texting and driving as well as the advantages that these apps have over other means of preventing texting and driving incidents. On the other hand, the article also presents the reasons that some people are skeptical about these apps’ use. In this regard, with the article presenting the perspectives of both those in favor and those who are against the use of smartphone apps in curbing texting and driving, these ideas can be used to present a balanced discussion of the pros and cons of using these apps in preventing texting and driving incidents. LaVallee, A. (2009, August 26). Tech journal: Firms racing to end texting and driving—as states pass new bans, companies build services to disable incar cellphone messaging. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com This article provides some factual and statistical information about texting and driving. It also provides a comprehensive review of some smartphone apps that intend to prevent cellphone use while driving. It provides both the advantages and disadvantages of using these apps, as well as their limitations. Annotated Bibliography for Texting and Driving 4 My assessment: This article provides much useful information about the current state of texting and driving in the United States, as well as some of the measures being taken by the US government to regulate it. This information can be used to illustrate how texting and driving is a worsening problem of our society. Also, with its discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of apps that prevent cellphone use while driving, the writer will be better able to present an argument about why the implementation of laws would be more effective at preventing texting and driving. At the same time, though, the information in this article will enable the writer to highlight the uses of these apps so that they are not completely disregarded. Mays, K. (2014, January 4). New device aims to stop teens from texting and driving. Retrieved from http://www.boston.com/cars/2014/01/04/newdeviceaimsstopteenstextingand driving/teoJryUIDVK74MFTkzPjpO/story.html. This article discusses the program called DriveSafe, which the insurance company Esurance has developed. It includes a telematics device that can be installed onto the onboard diagnostics board of a vehicle. The article discusses how the device can be used by teens to prevent them from using their cellphone while driving and also how parents can use it to monitor their children’s driving habits. My assessment: This article discusses the use of a device – not just an app – for preventing users from texting and driving. It provides additional information with Annotated Bibliography for Texting and Driving 5 regards to the benefits of using apps for controlling teens’ texting and driving habits and also provides information on the limitations of such apps and devices. In this regard, the writer can use such information as further support for his thesis that apps may not be the most effective way to prevent texting and driving. Morelli, K. (2014, January 12). Textingwhiledriving ban lacks teeth critics say. The Tampa Tribune. Retrieved from http://tbo.com/news/florida/textingwhiledrivingbanlacks teethcriticssay20140112//. This article describes the law on texting and driving in the state of Florida. More specifically, it describes how texting and driving is considered only a secondary offense, preventing law enforcers from effectively imposing it. In this regard, law enforcers advocate that texting and driving should be considered a primary offense. Although research shows that such laws are ineffective in changing people’s attitudes about texting and driving, Florida’s Senator Sachs is confident that a stricter law on texting and driving can take the same path that the seatbelt law took, which eventually led to people developing the habit of wearing a seatbelt. My assessment: This article shows how loosely implemented the regulations on texting and driving will be ineffective at preventing texting and driving, but it also illustrates how stricter laws may be more effective. In this regard, the writer can use the information provided in this article to support his thesis that more attention should be placed on implementing stricter laws. Annotated Bibliography for Texting and Driving 6 PascualFerrá, P., Liu, Y., & Beatty, M. J. (2012). A metaanalytic comparison of the effects of text messaging to substanceinduced impairment on driving performance. Communication Research Reports, 29(3), 227–238. doi:10.1080/08824096.2012.696079. In this article, the authors describe the findings of a metaanalysis where they compared the effects of texting on a person’s driving ability to the same effects of alcohol use as well as marijuana use on a person’s driving ability. The authors analyzed 80 articles on texting, alcohol use, and marijuana use. Their findings showed that the effects of texting on one’s driving skills is almost the same as the effect that drinking alcohol has on one’s driving skills and even worse than the effects of marijuana use on one’s driving skills. Although the researchers are not health experts, they are all professors in the field of communication, which would lend credibility to their findings. My assessment: The writer can use the findings of this study as supporting evidence for why there’s a need to implement more effective measures for preventing people from texting and driving. This provides evidence for the need for stricter laws that would ban texting and driving, similar to the laws that are implemented against drinking and driving. In turn, the writer can use such information to further support his thesis that more attention should be given to the implementation of stricter laws against texting and driving and that people should not merely rely on apps that would prevent cellphone use while driving.
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