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Should cell phone use by drivers be criminalized?

  • Yes, drivers should be fined for using cell phones

    Cell phones are the ultimate distraction while driving. They tie up at least one hand when used for calls, if not both when texting. Even if used handsfree, they are still a distraction since people get in to their conversations and stop paying as much attention as they should to what is going on around them on the road. If people had to pay a fine for using their cell phone in the car, many fewer would do so and the roads would be safer for all of us.

  • Yes, ban cell phones

    Yes, I definitely think that cell phone usage by drivers on the streets should be illegal. So many accidents and deaths could be prevented if one would only put their phone down. If something is so important that it can't wait to be called, one should pull over on the side of the road to make the call.

  • Accidents Need to be Prevented

    Preventing accidents by banning cell phone use in drivers is a necessary evil. All drivers should have an earpiece so they can have both hands on the wheel. Distracted driving is the main cause of accidents in the United States. Keeping drivers safe means fewer insurance costs, less injuries and less time lost from work. Texting while driving has caused deaths in the United States. Any law that saves someone's life is a good one.

  • Not all the people have a equiped car with handsfree device

    Some people might have an old car that may not have handsfree device in the car. People may have the car with handsfree device but not the phone that equips with bluetooth. Think about you getting arrest if you dont have time to put the bluetooth or you dont have bluetooth think about that

  • Not all the people have a equiped car with handsfree device

    Some people might have an old car that may not have handsfree device in the car. People may have the car with handsfree device but not the phone that equips with bluetooth. Think about you getting arrest if you dont have time to put the bluetooth or you dont have bluetooth think about that

  • Stupid drivers will always find a way to distract themselves.

    Criminalizing cell phone use is a misguided attempt to keep drivers attentive-- the unfortunate reality is that bad drivers will always find a way to distract themselves. If someone is clearly not paying attention to the road, that driver should be pulled over, but I think that any driver who is behaving in a hazardous fashion should be pulled over, regardless of cell phone use.

  • Criminalizing Cell Phone Use by Drivers is a Slippery Slope

    Criminalizing cell phone use by drivers is a selective remedy to the widespread issue of distracted driving. Cell phone use and texting do cause accidents, but so does spilling hot coffee on your lap or changing the radio station. Are we to criminalize these actions that are just as likely to cause an accident? Cell phones also have GPS systems - would the law be limited to calls and texts or be extended to all apps that reside on the device? The problem of how to legally define "distracted driving" is complicated. Narrowing the offense to just cell phone use ignores the fact that there are many other distractions inside the vehicle.


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