Ring in new year with new laws
Original post made on Dec 28, 2008
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on Dec 28, 2008 at 3:55 am
Thoughts on the new texting law:
1. Is not necessary.
The drivers I know and observe are generally quite capable and skilled at safely multi-tasking while driving. As you know, many drivers frequently perform other tasks besides driving such as changing their radio stations, changing Ipod songs, adjusting their climate control settings, turning on interior lights, switching CD's, drinking beverages, eating snacks, sneezing, talking on the phone(the list goes on) all done while driving safely. If the driver get's in an auto accident and it's their fault, it is their fault (emphasis). Whatever the driver was doing before he/she hit your rear bumper seems inconsequential. As long as they have insurance, things should work out.
2. New law could actually be counterproductive.
Texting's proliferation is obviously undeniable and commonplace in our society. It is so integral that I feel many people will continue to text while driving. (Not me, of course.) On top of all the activities described above, the many drivers who are willing to risk texting infraction fines will have to add an additional task to the above list, which is looking out for the texting police. This would increase driving distractions and could cause additional accidents.
3. To much regulation already exists.
People now must fumble putting on their hands-free devices before they talk on their phone. Many people do this while driving. This is an unnecessary distraction which could lead to an accident.
With all the new driving laws such as the prior hands-free requirement and this new texting ban, I fear that the legislators will eventually ban individuals from driving their cars all together, as individuals will be deemed unsafe to drive because they are considered incapable of making appropriate ans safe driving decisions. What do you think?
on Dec 28, 2008 at 12:39 pm
How can the police tell the difference if I'm texting or changing songs on my Ipod? Selecting my songs isn't against the law yet, right?
on Dec 28, 2008 at 2:01 pm
Support your local police, sheriff and highway patrol! VIVA!!!
Laws help protect us. If you don't like it, do something to change the law. Otherwise, shut up!