October 17, 2006
Dear CNET members,
We've heard your opinions about Internet access and cell phone usage on airplanes and about complicated car stereo functions being a driving distraction, but now it's time to deal with something that is hugely debated: cell phone usage in cars. Before you jump the gun to say, "It should be absolutely outlawed!" think about all the other things besides cell phones that distract drivers: eating and drinking, personal grooming, messing with the car stereo, kids, and pets. These distractions have always been around and probably have caused more accidents than cell phones, yet they aren't outlawed. While I'm guilty of many of the above, including cell phone use on the road, do you think cell phone use should be singled out and banned? What about the rest of the distractions that many drivers face? In the latest Make the Call community discussion, we presented the question: "Should driving with a cell phone be outlawed?" and we want to hear what you think! So join us in discussing this hotly debated topic. Speak your mind but think seriously about whether it's fair to ban cell phones but not other distractions.
This week's hot topic:
Should using a cell phone while driving be outlawed?
More state and local governments are requiring the use of a hands-free device when talking on a cell phone while driving. People may love to drive and talk, but others contend that doing so is dangerous. Do you agree that using a cell phone while driving should be outlawed? Many of our members chimed into this discussion to speak their mind.
Cells phones are not the problem
"While I agree that distracted drivers are a problem, it is not the distraction that is the problem, but a symptom. The cause is the driver, or rather his/her inability to handle distraction. In the past, we were taught to drive..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member Paras ShahWhy stop there?
"Just because some people can't handle themselves while they're talking on phones doesn't mean you should outlaw it for everyone else. What about those people who are eating their burgers or talking to the..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member MasterNewbieYes, without question
"No call is too important that you cannot wait until you get to a safe location to stop and call back. Yes, there are those important calls that we need to take, but please don't be an idiot and subject the rest of the..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member Moneyman345Speak Up!
Here's your chance to tell us if using a cell phone while driving should be outlawed. So what do you think: should driving while using a cell phone be outlawed?
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