David Petrie - Distracted Driving

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In 2012, David Petrie wrote an article for the Huffington Post, arguing that children are just as equal, if not more, of a distraction to drivers as the most commonly stressed upon and enforced problem: “texting while driving”. At the time that this article was published, and for over a decade since, texting had entered the scene as a potentially dangerous distraction to drivers across the United States. The author makes a valid point by rivaling and age-old problem – distracting children – with a comparatively recent problem – texting while driving. His standpoint is extremely clear; he argues for greater publication and law involvement for enforcing “pull over and stop” in the occasion of child distraction. Petrie supports his standpoint with personal experiences and statistical evidence. He began by describing the different kinds of distractions that experts at the U.S. Department of Transportation say there are: visual, manual, and cognitive distractions. He then tells the reader that these experts believe texting to be the most dangerously distracting action since it involves all three types of detrimental distractions. Once laying out the well known side of the arguments, he continues in the next paragraph to addresses his alternate or rather additional view of the argument. He quickly jumped to a personal anecdote as a means of bringing the subject close to home, for his target audience, and more relatable. His sentence structure becomes shorter and his diction relaxes greatly. At this point it became questionable as to whether Petrie was composing and arguing seriously or taking this subject into a "too comfortable and informal" direction. Although his personal experience shows his knowledge of a stressful and distracting situation, he does not have direct evidence that this led to a hazardous outcome. Luckily Petrie backed up this story with a paralleled structure from the first paragraph stating how the three forms of distraction applied to his...
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