Criminalisation and Technology: What's the Harm of Using Mobile Phones While Driving

Thomas Crofts, Arlie Loughnan (ed), Criminalisation and Criminal Responsibility in Australia, Oxford, 2015

16 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2016

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Alex Steel

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: June 8, 2014

Abstract

Despite a wide range of driver distractions that can cause vehicle crashes and road trauma, the use of mobile phones has been largely singled out for criminal prohibition. In this paper the underlying justification for criminalising the use of phones while driving is examined. The offence provides an opportunity to go beyond philosophical or moral justifications and consider underlying empirical evidence.

Keywords: criminal law, mobile phones, technology regulation, harm, empirical evidence

JEL Classification: K14, K10

Suggested Citation

Steel, Alex, Criminalisation and Technology: What's the Harm of Using Mobile Phones While Driving (June 8, 2014). Thomas Crofts, Arlie Loughnan (ed), Criminalisation and Criminal Responsibility in Australia, Oxford, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2792019

Alex Steel (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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