Cell Phones and Driving - Opinion Paper Analytical Essay

Review of an op-ed stating that a law banning cellphone use while driving is unnecessary.
# 150629 | 1,488 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Mar 28, 2012 in Political Science (State and Local Politics)

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This paper reviews and analyzes Hasso Hering's op-ed about his disapproval of the new bill that the Transportation Committee of the Oregon House just endorsed. According to the paper, this bill is meant to improve road safety by setting a $90 fine for the use of a hand-held cell phone while driving. Hering, however, shows why he believes the bill to be unnecessary, further cites states that the Department of Transportation (ODOT) as his main defense, Hering makes the claim that there is no direct connection between cell phones and accidents. The tone of the paper, however, changes, taking issue with Hering's beliefs about driving while using a cell phone. Various studies are cited that show the dangers of this practice. The paper concludes by stating the importance of supporting the Oregon bill.

From the Paper:

"All of Hering's supports are studies done by the ODOT. Hering reports that, "A spokes person at the state Transportation Department says, "generally speaking, reported cell phone use in crashes is negligible..." Also according to ODOT, "reports and studies show that hands-free and hand-held still have the same general impact on the distraction of the driver, but none of the studies are Oregon-based," and "there is no clear link between the frequency of accidents and cell phone usage." Hering brings his op-ed to an end saying, "It's common sense that crashes are likely when drivers pay no attention to the road," and there is no reason for the government to inflict yet another public safety law."
"Hering believes that we already have enough driving laws and that the last thing we need is one more. The bill does not apply to hands-free accessories, and Hering believes that wipes out any rationale for the bill. Stating, "...drivers get distracted by talking and listening by telephone... regardless of whether they hold something to their ear." Overall, he believes this ban is an encroachment on our civil liberties and is going beyond public safety."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Britt, Robert Roy. "Drivers on Cell Phones Kill Thousands, Snarl Traffic." Live Science. 01 Feb. 2005. 11 May 2009 <http://www.livescience.com/technology/050201_cell_danger.html>.
  • Britt, Robert Roy. "Study: Talking on Cell Phone as Dangerous as Driving Drunk." Fox News. 30 June 2006. 12 May 2009 <http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,201586,00.html>.
  • "Drivers on Cell Phones Are as Bad as Drunks." University of Utah News. 29 June 2006. 25 May 2009 <http://www.unews.utah.edu/p/?r=062206-1>.
  • Dye, Lee. "Why Cell Phones and Driving Don't Mix." ABC News. 29 June 2005. 18 May 2009 <http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/DyeHard/story?id=889064&page=1>.
  • Hering, Hasso. "Do we really need this ban?" Editorial. Democrat Herald [Albany] 27 Apr. 2009, Opinion sec.: 1-1. Albany Democrat Herald. 27 Apr. 2009. 2 May 2009 <http://www.democratherald.com/articles/2009/05/04/news/opinion/from_last_week/7edi01_ban042709.txt>.

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