Cell Phones: Should Their Use While Driving Be Prohibited?
The purpose of technology is to make life simpler and easier, and cell phones are doing just that. The efficiency and portability of wireless phones today allow drivers to do so much while staying on the go. In the time it takes to drive to work, a commuter is able to check up on family and friends, or even take important business calls while driving. But talking on the phone while driving poses the threat of distraction to the driver and a becomes an unnecessary risk to the surrounding community. In order to protect innocent civilians from the harm of a distracted driver, a ban on the use of cell phones while one is driving must be enacted. There has already been 14 countries around the world with working bans on cell phones an now many states and major cities across the United States are now considering similar bans.
In the argumentative essay “No, Don't Prohibit Their Use” by Robert Hahn and Paul Tetlock, the authors argue that the rewards of using a cell phone while driving heavily outweighs the risk. More specifically, Hahn and Tetlock claim that cellular devices indeed cause fatal accidents but many “activities [including] tuning the radio, drinking double lattes, refereeing the sibling wars in the back seat can [also] lead to fatal crashes” (Robert). However, I am inclined to suggest that Hahn and Tetlock's views are incorrect because the risks apply not only to the driver but also to society a whole. Cellular phone use while driving poses a risk not only to the drivers themselves, but also to other motorists around them, to pedestrians and surrounding property. In a study published by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis the crash risk factor of driving while distracted on the phone came out to be 450 to 1,000 fatalities (Advocates for Cell Phone Safety). Although antagonists of the ban argue that cell phone related crashes a year are only “about 10,000 serious accidents and 100 traffic...
Cited: Advocates for Cell Phone Safety. “Yes, Prohibit Their Use.” Contemporary & Classic Arguments A Portable Anthology. Ed. Sylvan Barnet, and Hugo Bedau. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martin 's, 2005. 20-21. Print.
Robert W. Hahn and Paul Tetlock. “No, Don 't Prohibit Their Use.” Contemporary & Classic Arguments A Portable Anthology. Ed. Sylvan Barnet, and Hugo Bedau. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martin 's, 2005. 22-23. Print.
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