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Saturday, September 16, 2006
The "Stop-Eating-and-Drive Bill", the "Stop-Talking-to-your-Spouse Bill", the "Stop Listening-to-Your-Radio-Especially-Conservative-Radio Bill" the "Keep Both-Hands-on-the-Steering-Wheel-at-All-Times Bill", the... Gov. to Sign Hang-Up-and-Drive Bill - Los Angeles Times When is San Andreas fault going to rupture and send those people to the continent they really belong on?
posted by Jack Mercer @ 9/16/2006 11:58:00 AM  
  • At 9/16/2006 12:39:00 PM, Blogger chickenhawk said…

    Hi Jack,
    This is an issue that drives me nuts. Now first, the language in the bill strikes me as odd: "holding a cell phone." I am also generally against useless legislation like fining people for not wearing their seatbelts, banning smoking in restaurants and bars- PRIVATE establishments- and I dont even smoke.

    But the cellphone issue- I honestly think people should not be allowed to drive while talking on their cellphone. I cannot count the number of times I have almost been involved in, and witnessed, car accidents because of some moron on their cellphone yapping away- especially on the expressway!

    Last week Im going to work and I am on the expressway, and this moron is yapping away on her cellphone using her LEFT HAND to hold it, which pretty much blinded her from seeing oncoming traffic when she was merging in. This resulted in me having to stop short in fast traffic, and profanities coming out of my mouth.

    I could care less about their safety if they are not going to be concerned about their own, but the fact that it seriously puts other people in danger when people are yapping on their phones while driving really really really really disturbs me. No one is important enough that they need to be on their phone while driving. And for the first time in a long time, I cannot disapprove of the government taking action for something like this if it will make roads safer- even though they probably have alterior motives- like taking money from people. But it may send a message to the next middle aged obese woman who almost causes me harm (and YES, 75% of the time it is middle aged woman I encounter in these situations).

    The roads are not a private establishment owned by one or two people, they are public, everyone needs to use them, everyone has places to go, and it should be made as safe as possible for everyone involved.

    But at the same time, where we have the worst drivers in the country. I dont know. Its a tough situation- I cant stand govt legislation but I cant stand horrible drivers.

  • At 9/16/2006 09:44:00 PM, Blogger Helen Losse said…

    Good call Governator. Multi-tasking has gone too far. Someone should start MACPD! Two out of three drivers in America at all times is yapping on a cell phone. The sheer number of these idiots make them as dangerous as driving drunk. No one should be allowed to talk on a phone while driving unless he/she has dialed 911. No other call is so important one cannot pull over to make it. Plan ahead. Write yourself a reminder. Make a list. Do without the lettuce! But get off the damn phone while driving!!!

  • At 9/17/2006 04:39:00 PM, Blogger R2K said…

    : )

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