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
Date Written: June 8, 2014
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
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