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Ben_Cofield
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Rami
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Texting while driving have the same, if not more extreme penalties as drunk driving

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Started: 5/31/2015 Category: Cars
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Ben_Cofield

Pro

Texting while driving is downright the most despicable and selfish thing you can do on the road. Drunk driving reduces your reaction time and alertness, while texting and driving puts both of those at their worst because you are completely taking your eyes off the road. A person who texts and drives generally take their eyes off the road for 3-5 seconds at a time. In 3 seconds, you can swerve on to the wrong side of the road, rear end someone if they brake (surprise, you are supposed to use the two seconds rule anyway), or crash head on after swerving. Think of it this way, in those 3 seconds, you can end your only life on earth by swerving and crashing head on to someone (not to mention end the other person's life because you are a selfish disgrace to humanity). 23% of auto accidents involved a cell phone, and 52% of FATAL crashes in 2011 involved a cell phone. Texting and driving is more dangerous than drunk driving and should be treated as such. Right now, a DUI includes a fine, jail time, and license suspension. Texting and driving only includes a small fine, when it is clearly more dangerous.
Rami

Con

'Drunk driving reduces your reaction time and alertness, while texting and driving puts both of those at their worst because you are completely taking your eyes off the road".
1. Drunk driving also impairs your judgement. This will be shown how dangerous this is.
2. Drunk driving likely has the same reaction time and alertness off texting., because it impairs your judgement. For example, you might see a car break, but decide to step on the gas anyways.

'23% of auto accidents involved a cell phone, and 52% of FATAL crashes in 2011 involved a cell phone. Texting and driving is more dangerous than drunk driving and should be treated as such'.
1. We are discussing the effects of DUI and texting while driving, not the results. The reason why there are more deaths by texting than by intoxication is because less people are drinking and driving. The proper way to compare them is to have two equal groups, one drunk and the other one texting.have both drive a car and then we'll see which is worse.

Now for something of my own. About the impaired judgement: You will not be able to think straight . Driving for you might turn into a 'see how many people I can run over' game. You won't stop even if you hit something.

NOTICE: This argument is based off when someone is heavily drunk, not 'just a little over the limit'.
Debate Round No. 1
Ben_Cofield

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Rami

Con

Please post your argument.
Debate Round No. 2
Ben_Cofield

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Rami

Con

Does this result in an automatic win for me, or just on conduct?
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