Is Your Conversation More Important Than Others Life’s

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/19/us/19crash.html?ref=textmessaging

In this article there is a critical argument whether cell phones should be used while operating trains. There was an incident with two trains colliding in down town Los Angeles. The incident was caused by an operator sending and receiving text messages. The article states that “twenty-five people were killed and more than 130 injured in the worst domestic train accident since 1993”. The president of commissions argues that the cellular use was “necessary and reasonable”.

I personally think that people who have jobs that deal with others life’s in their hands should not have their phones on them because incidents like the one in this article are bound to happen. There is too much of a risk like people getting killed over sending one little message. Many commercials have been shown on many channels to prevent texting while driving because that has become a huge issue in today’s society. Then I saw this article and could not believe that a lot of lives had been lost because someone was texting on the job.

I think technology has come too far for the worse in cases like these. I know I would not feel safe knowing that people who are controlling something that I am traveling on are texting. People have become so addicted to having their phones and using them 24/7 that it has become a major issue. People need to realize that their job is their priority, not social hour.

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3 responses to “Is Your Conversation More Important Than Others Life’s

  1. In the times we live right now, technologies are used everywhere. But using them in inappropriate places, like in this case, during operating the train is definitely wrong. I could not agree more with the new law and your opinion, Tori. People have to realize, that texting while performing their job, especially jobs like operating a train, vehicle, etc is extremely dangerous, not only to a person texting, but for everyone else who is in the train or a vehicle. This case is a good example and fundament for passing the law of banning texting while operating a car, not only in California, but all over the states. Though, the article was written in 2008, so I don’t know for the fact, but I am guessing that this law has already been passed around the country. “There is too much of a risk like people getting killed over sending one little message,” I couldn’t agree more, the text message is not worth lives, people will not die if they get the text message later, when a driver is off work, or during personal time.
    One thing that threw me off in your blog: “The president of commissions argues that the cellular use was “necessary and reasonable”.” What you probably meant, was that the prohibition on a cellular use was necessary and reasonable, not the use itself.

  2. Zach Miller

    In response to Dan’s last paragraph:
    Perhaps the President of Commissions really did say that the cellular phone use was “necessary and reasonable” to cover himself, take blame off himself. He could have said that meaning it was “necessary” to communicate with operators. However, as we saw in Tori’s post, the operator was sending text messages. Also, if it were official communications relating to the job, the operator would use the radio/walkie-talkie.

  3. christiwilson19

    We have turned into a society where, if we don’t check our phones as soon as we receive a text, then that is all we will think about until we are able to check it. I never think that texting is acceptable within operating or technical jobs. If something is that important for you to respond to right then, then the sender should have called the man operating the trains. Never should a text hold that much importance to where you MUST reply then. From what I have read, the operator who was texting was clearly not in any demanding situation to respond to whatever he had recevied. Like Dan said, the article was written a few years ago, and I don’t pay too much attention to laws about the banning of texting (although i should), but if these laws were not enacted then they need to be. I think that if you have a job that requires 100% of your undivided attention,then you should not be allowed to even carry a phone with you while you are working. You will have breaks to check your phone and if there is an emergency, then someone will find a way to get in contact with you. The problem with people today, is that we focus too much on the things that come through our phones then to the people walking around us. It is sad to see that texting was one of the causes of peoples deaths. We need to refocus our priorities onto non materialisitc things and focus more on the people around us.

    Also, I agree with Zach’s response to Dan’s interpretation about the President of Commissions. The way it was written, I assumed that the President of Commisions was trying to defend his company in saying it was “necessary and resonable” for the operator to have a cellular phone on the job. From what I’ve seen in companies over the years, is that they will do anything to cover up something that could potentially harm their company. Although, there are many arguments that could refute the statement of the president, he will always try to prove there was a meaningful reason behind his employee’s texting. What it boils down to though, is that two traind crashed while on his watch and if he had not been texting then it could have been prevented.

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