Published: Friday, May 17 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
We already have a distracted drivers law. Let's enforce it with people of
all ages. If only 22% of the problem is teenagers, then why target them in a new
law? Another old habit that needs to die is the passing of a law as a reaction
to every major academic study, especially when we have existing laws that have
adequately address the problem. It's politics over common sense. The
legislature, in its well-intentioned crusade to help society, can, and often
does, go too far.
What great problems does America face? Illegal Drugs? Poverty? Corruption in
government? Sliding moral values? Disrespect for life? Inferior education?
Unsustainable spending?How high on that list is cell-phone usage
while driving? The founding fathers prioritized "duties" in
America. Those duties that could only be done when everyone pulled together
were given to the Federal level. Other duties, depending on their difficulty
were assigned to States, to Counties, and to Cities. All other duties were left
to the people to handle for themselves.Talking on the cell-phone is
something that does not need government oversight. Yes, people get
hurt when the driver is not focused on driving. We also have courts that handle
the aftermath of inattentive driving, just as we have courts that handle those
whose dogs have injured others or whose swimming pool was not properly
secured.We are here on earth to learn to control OURSELVES, not to
be pawns of a government that controls our every move. Agency requires
accountability. Agency is the greatest gift of God. He could spare us all
pain, all suffering, all tragedy. He chooses to let us learn from our own
actions. Maybe there is a lesson there.
Again. Improper use of the cell phone in moving vehicles could be controlled
automatically and with a high degree of effectiveness, by the phone companies.
I can only believe that the reluctance to pass such legislation is that the
legislators cannot figure a way to profit from preventing texting while driving.
Lives of people don’t seem to count. A law prohibiting
texting while driving will have as much effect as the speed limit laws which are
Mike. Just because we prioritize our problems doesn’t mean
that we can ignore the low priorities. I have problems with my
heart, high blood pressure, diabetes and a hangnail on my finger. While the
pain from the hangnail is small, it requires attention and is easy to fix.
As it is, the use of phones in cars won't end, regardless of what laws are
in place. What will slow it down, I think, is not any prohibition of cel phone
use but the declining use of automobiles. Car ownership is declining among young
people, apparently because of changing attitudes, environmental consciousness,
stuff like that. Personally, I think it's because they're not
motivated enough to have a job that provides and requires a vehicle, but
whatever the reason, people who watch trends are predicting the decline of the
prevalence of the automobile in our society. And that will reduce texting and
Cell phone use doesn't need to be banned. Texting and driving are very
possible when you're on the highway and you hold it on the steering wheel
so you have peripheral vision and you spend no more than 2 seconds looking down
at your phone. Try teaching that instead of blanket bans. In city driving...zero
texting. And limit the amount of time spent looking for directions on
I can't understand what the issue is. If I am alone in my car and the phone
rings, I just ignore it. Or if my wife is with me, she answers it. People who
talk on the phone or text should get the same penalty as drunk driving and I no
patience for drunk driving.
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