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Jackiemolinaa
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MT55
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People should not text and drive.

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Started: 5/22/2018 Category: Cars
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Jackiemolinaa

Pro

People should not text and drive because texting creates a major distraction while doing everyday functions such as driving. According to the DMV, the Department of Motor Vehicles, "In just the 5 seconds it takes to send or read a short text message, you've already zoomed past the length of a football field(traveling at 55mph) with minimal attention on the road ahead".This demonstrates that not only does texting and driving put your own life at risk but it endangers the life of those around you. As stated by the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "...causes their own driving to deteriorate and can lead to crashes, injuries and even death...more than 3,300 people were killed in 2011 and 387,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver".
MT55

Con

For this debate, the negative side is arguing that people should be allowed to text and drive. In this day and age, texting has become a very convenient way for people to communicate long-distance. According to the admin from Asia-Pacific Economics Blog in a 2015 article, texting while driving can be convenient if you quickly need to change plans and have to tell whoever you made plans with. Texting is also quicker than talking on the phone. According to T. Griffith from Car Gurus, sending a quick text while at a red light is a safer and quicker alternative to talking on the phone or texting while the vehicle is in motion. With that being said, there should not be an all out ban to texting while driving.

https://blog.cargurus.com...
https://apecsec.org...
Debate Round No. 1
Jackiemolinaa

Pro

My opponent stated that people should be allowed to text and drive because it is a convenient and faster way to communicate with others. This is true, cell phones do allow people to communicate with others at a faster, more convenient rate but, they should not be used in any way while driving. This is because texting and driving puts people at a higher risk of being in an accident. As stated by the Los Angeles DUI Law Office, "...texting is the biggest distraction we face today and that it is six times more dangerous than drinking and driving. To add, according to the Brain Injury Society, "Drivers who are texting while behind the wheel have a 23% higher chance of causing a crash. That is equivalent to downing four beers and getting behind the wheel". This demonstrates how significant the effects of texting and driving are considering that drunk driving was the leading cause of "traffic fatalities" for years but has now been overpassed by texting and driving. Therefore, with this in mind, texting and driving should not be allowed.
MT55

Con

My opponent stated that texting and driving is a major distraction to drivers, however, texting is not the biggest or most fatal distraction. According to Jack Benton, an environment, safety, and health specialist, from Safety News, in a 2013 article, 62% of fatal car crashes were caused by drivers simply being lost in thought or daydreaming. While cell phone use did cause 12% of fatal car accidents, it is far less than the most frequent cause, daydreaming. Texting while driving is also not the only distraction a driver way face when behind the wheel. According to Julie Luhrson, an injury defense attorney, stated in her 2017 article, drivers can be distracted by numerous causes such as noisy children, GPS, and music. Going by my opponent's logic, all of those things should be illegal too. Therefore, it is useless to illegalize texting while driving.

https://www.lginjuryfirm.com...
https://ehssafetynewsamerica.com...
Debate Round No. 2
Jackiemolinaa

Pro

My opponent mentioned that the most frequent causes of fatal car crashes is daydreaming. To support their claim, my opponent provided statistics that date back to 2013 which was a time where technology had just taken a leap. As stated by Alistair Charlton, a reporter at International Business times in 2014, 2013 was, "...the year existing technology took huge, game-changing leaps forward". In 2013, phones and such technology was just being beginning to evolve into what it is today. Today, technology has become more incorporated in our daily routines which is why, as stated by Julie Luhrsen, one of the attorneys of Luhrsen Goldberg Attorneys At Law in 2017, "People who use their cell phones to talk or text while driving are by far the most common reason for distracted driving accidents. In fact, the National Safety Council estimates that 26% of all car crashes involve cell phones". My opponent utilized the same source I mentioned and stated that there are many other causes of fatal crashes not just texting. Luhrsen did state this but my opponent failed to incorporate the rest of Luhrsen's statement, "...cell phones to talk or text while driving are by far the most common reason for distracted driving accidents". This validates my claim that texting and driving should not be allowed or in other words, people should not text and drive, because it creates a major distraction to the driver and not only puts their own life at risk but of those around them. Therefore, people should not text and drive.

https://www.lginjuryfirm.com...
https://www.ibtimes.co.uk...
MT55

Con

My opponent failed to address my claim that if noisy children, GPS, and music are distractions, then they should be illegal as well. My opponent also claimed that cell phones are a lot more dangerous after 2013 than before. However, according to Emma Elsworthy from Mirror, a British news company, stated in a 2017 article sharing the results of a poll of over 2000 applicants, one in five stated that their children were the most distracting when driving, one in six claimed that their partners were the most distracting, and the most distracting were people that drove with their headlights in the dark. Therefore, while texting may be distracting to drivers, it is not the most distracting. With other circumstances proving to be much bigger distractions than texting, it would be irresponsible to illegalize texting before anything else. Therefore, people should be allowed to text while driving.

https://www.mirror.co.uk...
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by nhause 3 years ago
nhause
it seems like a hard debate i mean honestly I don't think you should use you phone at all while driving. Safely driving demand all of your attention at all times, Because that split second that you look down at your phone could be the same second the person in front of you slams on their brakes, And depending on the speed you could end your life right there. Driving is the most dangerous activity most people do on a daily basis, And I think it should be taken much more seriously. Most people might disagree with me but i think one should be trained to drive like racecar drivers to learn proper vehicle control at high speed and how to regain control of the car during a slide, Before being allowed to drive on a public road.
Posted by Cowtech 3 years ago
Cowtech
it is funny how they start each argument after round 1 with "My opponent" every time. Amusing
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