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Generating a Policy Proposal
Although some states and cities have passed
laws to ban texting and using handheld phones while driving, there is no
current law to ban all cell phone use while driving. However, according
to the National Safety Council (2009), 28 percent of all crashes—1.6
million per year—are caused by cell phone use and texting by drivers.
The mission of a new national nonprofit organization called FocusDriven,
patterned after Mothers Against Drunk Driving, is to make phone use
while driving as illegal and socially unacceptable as drunk driving. US
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood supports FocusDriven and its
efforts: According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, LaHood said
this movement will become “an army of people traveling the countryside”
to push for bans on cell phone use and tough enforcement (Schmit, 2010).
As a political advocate interested in this
issue, you will be writing a policy proposal that utilizes the current
research to propose a solution to the issue and submit it in this
Please note that your proposal is not
an opinion/position paper, and your conclusions need to be based on the
scientific research you reviewed earlier. Please follow the typical
steps in proper academic writing (planning, outlining, drafting,
revising, proofing, and editing) to generate the following proposal
In the introduction, you should set up the
purpose for the proposal, provide a bit of background on the topic, and
present your thesis.
Researched a variety of studies , compile that information together to create a recommendation for policy makers regarding cell phone use while driving.
1: In a one-page summary, compare and
contrast the results of the various studies regarding the cognitive
abilities that are affected during cell phone use while driving.
2: Using that research, develop and explain
particular recommendations for policy makers. For instance, restrict
texting, or regulate the use of hand-held phones. All your
recommendations must be supported by your research findings.
3: Based on the gaps in current research,
describe the variables, populations, and situations which you would like
to see future research address.
Review the important current research, your
conclusions from that research, and how the future could look in both
policy and research. Keep your goal in mind: To convince the reader to
support your current policy proposal and future research to examine this
issue more closely.
Your proposal should be written in APA style
(which includes a title page with running header and a reference page),
and free of typographical and grammatical errors. The body of your
proposal should be 4–5 pages long.