Thursday, January 25, 2007

Bicycle Cell-Phone Idiots

How many times have you been nearly run into by some idiot-motorist yammerin' on a cell phone? (Some yakkin' junior-executive-type just about took me out one day, then flipped me the finger - using the hand that was holding the phone, while continuing his conversation!) How many times has the light turned green, and the car in front of you just sits there? ... and then you see the "driver" has cell-phone plastered to ear, which explains everything! A colleague at the office was talking to some lady on the phone; suddenly there was a loud banging sound on the other end, and she said, "I'll have to call you back - I just drove into a field."

Did you ever think to yourself, "There oughtta be a law!"?

I know I have. Every time some cell-phone moron puts my life in danger.

Being that I have strong libertarian tendencies, I hate that we need so many laws, but when people prove themselves too stupid to behave responsibly, consequently endangering fellow citizens, sometimes laws are necessary. (If people behaved responsibly, we wouldn't need DUI laws, or motorcycle helmet laws, or speeding laws, or drug laws, or...)

Some people can drive just fine while talking on a cell phone. But some people can't drive and chew gum at the same time. Let's face it - some licensed drivers should NOT be on the roads at all! They just can't handle it. Laws have to be passed for the lowest, least responsible, common denominator.

There are places where cell-phone driving is illegal. And there may soon be a place where cell-phone BICYCLING is illegal - New Joisey!

According to the story (Click to display), "A legislative committee has approved a bill that would make it illegal for people to use a hand-held telephone while riding a bicycle on a public road." (The bill is one of 6,928 introduced this session. Those are some SERIOUS legislators, huh?)

I've had encounters with doofuses on bikes, riding along and yakkin'. But unlike motorists, usually a holler (or horn-blast) can wake them out of their conversation-induced catatonic trance, since they don't have the windows rolled up and the air-conditioner blasting. And unlike motorists, they are likely only putting themselves in mortal danger, with their inane babble.

I say with regard to cell-phone bicycle idiots, NO LAW is necessary. The human race will only get stronger, as these folks are removed from the gene pool.

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