re: Cellphone Driving Ban: Good Idea?
Year after year for many years the AAA would conduct surveys of accidents. In terms of accidents from distracted driving, the top reason was always children in the vehicle. Cell phones were not in the top three or even top five.
Then suddenly, someone wanted to pass a law and research studies started appearing from respected universities, and they all said that cell phones were the culpruts. We never connected the dots to see the government was the one paying the respected universities, and only researchers who supported those politicians got the research money.
We all know that it is not smart to text while driving, as it is not smart to read a newspaper or put on makeup or shave or whatever. We have always had laws for careless driving ane reckless driving, which may be the result of texting or other activities.
If we go after cellphones, then we should add to that list, UPS drivers that use a computer to plan their route, Truckers that use CB radios, Police that use a wide array of distractions in their cruisers - from large computer screens to two way radios that are not voice activated to dash cams and the like.
Or how about this, let's make it illegal to transport children in cars!!! That will prevent a lot of accidents.
I put this proposed law in the same category as I do the seat belt law. The government is trying to tell us how to live our lives and they are criminalizing any deviation from their straight and narrow path of acting smart. By the way, if the government is driving the car, children are not required to wear seat belts - namely school busses. If you do the same thing, the child protection services will be down your throat in a second.