M5 Assignment 1: LASA 2:
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 thePittsburgh 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 assignment.
Please note that your proposal isnotan 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
In the introduction, you should set up the purpose for the
proposal, provide a bit of background on the topic, and present your thesis.
Now that you have researched a variety of studies (inM4:
Assignment 2), 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
3: Based on the gaps in current research, describe the variables,
populations, and situations which you would like to see future research
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.