Checkpoint: Argument Credibility
Source: The Washington Times
Article Title: VA. Police Find Driver-Texting Law Too Vague
* What claims are being made
~ The claims are that the texting-while-driving law is very difficult to enforce because there are loopholes. A driver getting pulled over and accused of texting can easily say they were trying to dial a number to get them out of the situation.
* Do the claims conflict with your personal observations
~ The claims do not conflict with my personal views. I think law enforcement need to come up with more effective ways to make this new law enforceable.
* What background information do you have about the claims
~ Too many fatal accidents involving teens result in them texting-while-driving. But teens are not the only people engaging in this activity while driving. Not only do I hear about these reports on the news, or read it in the newspaper, but I see it myself while I??™m driving.
* What is the expertise of the author, if any
~ The editor of the article is a reporter of the Associated Press. Matthew Barakat has written hundreds of articles for repeatable news papers and magazines.
* Is the author biased and untrustworthy or biased and trustworthy
~ The author is a trustworthy source who writes for the Associated Press. I feel this article is based on facts due to the many people that still text-while-driving because law enforcement has not been able to put this new law into effect.