Question by : No talking on cell phones while driving vs. Putting on make-up? Some fool was talking on his hand-held cell phone and got into a car accident that killed an innocent person. The dead person’s mother petitioned law-makers to create a law that banned cellphone use while driving because this mother doesn’t want anyone else to go through the pain of losing a child. (Hands-free cellphones are still okay though).
Okay, that makes sense on the surface, but let’s dig a little deeper.
A mother loses a child to a female driver who was putting on makeup on her way to work and caused an accident. Does that mean law-makers should make it illegal to put on makeup while driving? That has actually happened by the way (more than several times) where a woman caused an accident because she was looking at herself in the rear-view mirror instead of the road.
People have also caused accidents because they were changing the radio station, reaching for something in the glove compartment, arguing about something with the passenger, or drinking coffee (a large cup can block your view when you are finishing the coffee because you have to tilt it way back),
Does that mean there should be laws against doing all those things while driving? What if some guy plows his car into a group of people because he was chewing gum and driving at the same time? That person doesn’t have the mental ability to do both. Should there be a ban on “chewing while driving”? I mean… where do you draw the line?
Argument in favor of the ban: Well of course putting on make-up while driving should be banned! How many people should die before it’s considered that “enough” people have died and we have to do something about it? Same argument applies to eating burgers, changing the radio station, reaching into the glove compartment, etc. Even if the ban saves one life, that makes it all worth it.
Argument against the ban: Just because 1% of people are idiots who cannot chew gum, talk on the phone, change the station, or put on make-up while driving… does that mean the other 99% of the population who are responsible citizens should be banned from doing those things? Fine, let’s make a law that bans radios in cars because some idiot was so distracted by music that he caused an accident and killed someone.
I want to know where you stand on this issue. If you support the ban on cell-phone use while driving, would you also be in favor of a ban on applying make-up or eating a sandwich while driving? If not, please explain your reasoning. Why should one be banned, but the others not? Best answer:
Answer by Obamavenger
You shouldn’t do stupid stuff while driving. It doesn’t matter if it is legal or not.
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