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Should SUV's be illegal or not

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/23/2015 Category: Economics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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airoil937

Pro

On September 3, 1995, a fatal automobile accident occurred on highway 26; a small red car lost control when it hit a patch of wet pavement and headed straight towards a white Chevy Suburban. The impact of the collision ripped the small red car into two pieces resulting in a large fireball and instantly killing two 20 year old females. No fatalities occurred within the Suburban. Had the Suburban been a smaller, and more conventional car, the outcome may have been much different and no deaths may have occurred at all. SUV"s are becoming a huge risk on the roads today, so if the government and the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) even had a chance to remove SUV"s, then they should remove SUV"s.

SUVs are not exactly environmentally friendly. For starters, they have horrible gas mileage. www.fueleconomy.gov, a website dedicated to educating the public on the benefits of better fuel economy, has tables of the current fuel economy that 2014 automobiles are actually achieving. SUVs have a considerable lower fuel economy than more conventional cars; SUVs tend to average about 16 miles per gallon in the city and 20 miles per gallon on the highway, whereas conventional cars get around 20 and 26 miles per gallon respectively. Due to the SUVs excessive use of gas they have a higher rate of emissions when compared to other cars.

The rise in SUV popularity factored with the greater emissions of SUVs means that more and more gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide will be released into the atmosphere as time progresses. These gases have an adverse effect on Earth"s climate and the Environmental Protection Agency are contributing factors to the greenhouse effect and therefore may play a large role in global warming. There are current efforts to try and reduce these emissions, but they either won"t be out any time soon or are rejected altogether. For instance, many car manufacturers will be coming out with hybrid (vehicles that are powered by both gas and electricity) SUVs which will significantly increase gas mileage and thus reduce emissions.

The large size of SUVs is of great concern when dealing with safety. While more than just a great annoyance, the large size of SUVs can impair visibility of people trying to see around it. While it is easy to see over the top or more traditional vehicles, SUVs block the line of sight for not only drivers of smaller cars, but also bicyclists or pedestrians trying to cross a road or enter traffic. Their overall wider body makes them more likely to clip other cars or objects than much smaller car. Some might make the observation that semi-trucks also block the line of sight for smaller vehicles. However there is a key difference between SUVs and semi-trucks. Semi-trucks actually have a good reason and purpose for being so large, to transport products and materials in an efficient and costly manner. While some people do buy SUVs for their true purpose (recreation or hauling large objects and equipment), many people will use them for things that many other cars are capable of doing; a station wagon can go get groceries, take kids to sports, and carry large loads all at a fraction of the cost for gas.

SUVs are just an overall huge safety problem on today"s roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is an organization that deals with the safety of all vehicles. They are the organization that gives cars safety ratings between one and five stars that so many people are familiar with. According to the NHTSA, standard passenger cars have an average of a 12 percent chance of rolling over when involved with single-vehicle accidents. However, SUVs have more than twice the chance of rolling over with a 28 percent average chance when involved in single-vehicle accidents. This increased chance of rollover is of great concern, considering that rollovers have a higher rate of fatalities than any other type of automobile accident. The only person at an advantage when driving is the one in the SUV while everyone else must be inconvenienced while the SUV driver rides high. This unfair advantage is especially present when an SUV is involved in an accident with a normal sized car.

Owning a bigger SUVs have a much greater mass than smaller cars; the average SUV weighs about 900 more pounds than the average car. Simple physics show that this increase mass means that the SUV would beat the smaller car to a pulp. The fact that SUVs are traditionally higher off the ground does help out much either. This increased height means that their bumpers actually ride higher than bumpers on regular cars. Bumpers act as a sort of buffer, but in the case of an SUV they act more as a battering ram when hitting a smaller vehicle since they ride right over the smaller car"s bumper.

Something needs to be done about SUVs. If they continue to be left unchecked we will see a rapid rise in environmental deterioration as well as more fatal automobile accidents. John D. Graham, founder of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, believes that SUVs need to be somehow "civilized." Efforts need to be put forth by such organizations as the NHTSA to help make SUVs safer and more environmentally safe.
The_Intelligence

Con

The State as means of achieving certain ends can only be employed in a defensive, or reactionary manner, for the role of the state is to stamp out injustice, not to take a proactive role to promote justice. In Bastiat's 'The Law' he establishes the role of the state in the reactionary sense through the role of society acting as a collective. Society can use its collective power to broker dispute resolution, and retribution, but is inevitably constrained from actively protruding from the confines of reaction.

The Affirmative stance would call upon society and the state to perform a function or role they are not ethically permitted to perform, and thus would warp the administration of justice by means of corrupting its own ends.

All Concessions of Freedom Snowball into increased Tyranny
We must say no!
Sylvester Petro, professor of law, Wake Forest University, Spring 1974, TOLEDO LAW REVIEW, p.480.
However, one may still insist, echoing Ernest Hemingway " "I believe in only one thing: liberty." And it is always well to bear in mind David Hume"s observation: "It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once." Thus, it is unacceptable to say that the invasion of one aspect of freedom is of no importance because there have been invasions of so many other aspects. That road leads to chaos, tyranny, despotism, and the end of all human aspiration. Ask Solzhenitsyn. Ask Milovan Djilas. In sum, if one believes in freedom as a supreme value, and the proper ordering principle for any society aiming to maximize spiritual and material welfare, then every invasion of freedom must be emphatically identified and resisted with undying spirit.
Debate Round No. 1
airoil937

Pro

SUV's have way more mass and protection than a regular mid-sized car. On September 3, 1995, a fatal automobile accident occurred on highway 26; a small red car lost control when it hit a patch of wet pavement and headed straight towards a white Chevy Suburban. The impact of the collision ripped the small red car into two pieces resulting in a large fireball and instantly killing two 20 year old females. No fatalities occurred within the Suburban. Had the Suburban been a smaller, and more conventional car, the outcome may have been much different and no deaths may have occurred at all. This is why SUV's should be illegal.
The_Intelligence

Con

The_Intelligence forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
airoil937

Pro

airoil937 forfeited this round.
The_Intelligence

Con

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Debate Round No. 3
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Vote Placed by cmeyer73 2 years ago
cmeyer73
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Reasons for voting decision: Close debate, but Con wins with the argument of using the state to achieve ends