Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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RE: Should cell phone use be illegal while driving?
Actually, what we need is to ban bad drivers, not the other things that only make their bad driving worse.
Let's face it: good drivers can safely multitask to a greater extent, bad drivers have trouble with the basics. Thus, you end up with laws banning cell phone use, when the problem people were those that probably shouldn't be driving in the first place.
My first accident in a long, long time was just a few weeks ago, a minor one that scraped up the lower rear bumper cover (was rear-ended on a slow 'n go freeway ramp). The girl got out of her white Civic and was *still* yakking on the phone; her first comment -- while pointing at the 4-foot wide stripe of white paint on my brilliant silver bumper -- was "Did my car do that"?
I was very gracious throughout -- after all, it's still just a car and no one was injured, but what I felt like saying was "No, your inattention did that." (In fact, probably the only negative thing I said to her was that I was glad I hadn't been on my motorcycle.)
Re: cell phone use specifically, I used to pretty much run a business on a cell phone and talked on the cell phone the greater portion of the time I was in the car. Never had a problem, because I actually know how to drive and where to focus my attention.
What I'd like to see is a driver's test that approximates the real world, preferably done through a simulator. Have the person talk on their cell phone, change a radio station, and carry on a person-to-person conversation while driving. If they screw up, even a little, no license.
Perhaps this is more prevalent in my mind because I pass a motor vehicle office on the way to and from work. If you saw how badly the people drive just pulling into the parking lot, I think you'd agree that probably half of them shouldn't be leaving with a license, but almost all of them do. I'm fond of opining that in California, if you can manage to fill out the application in ink without drooling on it so much that it renders it illegible, then they'll give you a license. Plus you can request the manual/handbook, application and exam book in one of several languages, and they'll provide you an interpreter to help with the exam.
As Yakov Smirnoff said, "What a Country!!!"