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Cell phones and drivingIn your opinion,should cell phone use be banned while driving?

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lulufrancis | (Level 1) Honors

Posted February 27, 2011 at 11:36 PM via web

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Cell phones and driving

In your opinion,should cell phone use be banned while driving?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 28, 2011 at 6:44 AM (Answer #2)

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I would argue that it should be.  But if it is not, then the requirement should be that people could only use hands-free devices.

Being distracted in any way while you are driving is very dangerous.  Cell phones are not the only way to be distracted while driving, but they are an important one.  Because cell phones can distract drivers so much, I think that using them while driving causes major dangers to other people and should be banned.

If not, you should at least have to use a hands-free device so you wouldn't be distracted by trying to find the phone when it rings and you wouldn't have your driving ability diminished by only having one hand available to use in an emergency.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:37 AM (Answer #3)

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Yes.  As this is becoming the law in more and more states, I think we'll start to see some statistics of how well it works in the near future.  It would not surprise me at all to see that cell-phone related accidents in states where the use of cell phones are banned in cars goes down significantly.  To be honest, I have less of a problem with talking on a phone and driving as I do with texting while driving.  I agree that allowing the use of a hands-free device to talk while driving is fair.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted March 19, 2011 at 8:35 AM (Answer #4)

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Cell phone use should be banned while driving. Accidents are caused by inattention, and cell phones take a drivers attention away from the road. Even if it is only for a few seconds, the results can be deadly. WHile hands-free devices might be better, they still distract a drivers attention.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 29, 2011 at 10:45 AM (Answer #5)

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In my state, cell phones are banned while driving.  They are such a serious distraction that I think this is a good thing.  Studies have shown that driving with a cell phone can be as bad as driving drunk.  The worst part is dialing and texting.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 30, 2011 at 9:04 AM (Answer #6)

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Cell phones should be banned while driving. While it is difficult to enforce, I think it's a good idea to require drivers' full concentration when operating 2000 pounds of metal at highway speeds. Eating food while driving should be another one. In heavy traffic in Seattle, I have seen people shaving and reading the paper while driving in bumper to bumper traffic. Driving is a privilege, not a right.

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