This morning as I awaited my bus, a lady drove by. She had a cigarette in her left hand, and her neck was crooked awkwardly, to hold a cell phone up to her ear. Hopefully the car had an automatic transmission, huh? (Although over the years I've seen people go no-hands-on-the-wheel because they were phoning with one hand and shifting with the other.)
I'm sure her ability and/or reaction time weren't affected in any way. (/sarcasm)
You may recall that a few months back, Washington passed a law banning text-messaging while driving. Apparently 21 other states are considering similar legislation.
To me, that seems absurd. Like passing a law saying you can't drop a bowling ball off a skyscraper, or you can't bring your pet wolverine to City Council Meeting. Do you need to make something so obviously hazardous, not only to the perpetrator but to bystanders, a crime?
I enjoy Jay Leno's "Headlines."
This last Monday, he showed the results of a "man on the street" poll.
The question was, "Should using a cell phone while driving be made illegal?"
Here's Mariel's response:
How about a separate lane for all those that want to use the phone or text, or put on make-up or whatever else they do to distract themselves while driving...
That way they'll be more likely to just wipe out other equally distracted drivers.
Sort of like running a skimmer through the gene pool.
Great idea, marrock... but it needs a big "Jersey barrier" to keep 'em from straying into the paying-attention-to-driving lanes!
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