Answered By: Grand Strand Circulation
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2015     Views: 133

The best place to begin your search is in one of our online databases, which can be accessed anytime from your home computer.  On the library homepage, click the blue tab that says “Databases”, then “Databases by Subject”.  Select “Controversial Issues”. 


The Issues Databases box lists four options: SIRS Issues Rearcher, Opposing Viewpoints, Issues & Controversies and CQ Reseacher.  You can try each of these to see which you like best. 


Search using keywords like (texting and driving), (“distracted driving”) or (“cell phone” and driving).  You may also add terms like “South Carolina” or “Horry County”, although this may cut down your number of results.  Keep your search simple!  The more search terms you add, the fewer results that you will get.



For local information from a newspaper, try The Sun News (



If you are looking for statistics, it may be difficult to find information specific to Horry County.  You can still find good statistics, however, for South Carolina and the nation. Try:


South Carolina Traffic Collision Fact Book 2008

Go to the table on page 10, “Primary Contributing Factors in 2008 Traffic Collisions”.  There are categories for “cell phone” and “distracted/inattention”.



National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Distracted Driving 2009




Use this government website ( to find mre reports and statistics.



If you need more help, please visit us at the Reference Desk or call (843) 349-5394.

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