I just heard, on Colorado Public Radio, a state congresswoman signing onto this idea that we should be able to use our cell phones in our cars, unless we have a hands-free device. I know that this has been a controversial issue for many years now across the country, but as far as I know, the states that I’ve lived in haven’t had this type of law in place — thankfully.
As I was listening to this lady speak, I can tell she has good intentions, but I say “get out of my life!” I have had enough of government thinking, believing, and telling us that they know best; that if they just pass another law life will be better! This is some sort of crazed addiction — and the worst part is, thousands upon thousands of normal people (for the most part) are eating this rhetoric right up!….but I’m digressing from the main topic of this post….so I return…
This lady cited 2 examples, one of an accident in California and one over Thanksgiving weekend here in CO. She spoke of how it was endangering other drivers as well as the person on the phone, and how this was needs to be stopped. I agree that there are those people out there, and on occasion myself, who have been overly distracted by a phone conversation while driving, and yes that is dangerous. But we, as responsible citizens and human beings, need to be excercising some self control somewhere along the line. We don’t need another law on the books, and all the litigation that will ensue, to tell us that if we are getting too distracted by some phone conversation, that we should find some way to not be; whether that be pulling over, stopping the conversation, stopping listening to the conversation (sometimes a great choice), or whatever other way that you deem appropriate.
We don’t need some new law dictated to us to stop the rare occasion, we just need to continue living our lives and trying really hard to use the grey-matter inside our heads to make decent decisions.
“Government, take a step back…away from my life and my ear”
Amen, brother! Those good intentions are such a huge part of the problem – people who oppose intrusive legislation are then accused of not caring about the planet/children/poor people/safety/etc. It makes people think they’re helping to “do something about it” – even when what they do is completely wrong.
When any level of government codifies a knee-jerk reaction to Undesirable Occurrence X, what generally happens is something like THIS: Thrift shops and home industries will be overly burdened and, probably, largely shut down because China was shipping us poison toys, unless we get that law changed before it takes *retroactive* effect.
It’s a bunch of “well-intentioned” (for most people; not-so-well-intentioned for a few strategists), bureaucratic nonsense… and like you said, it’s become a crazed addiction: If there’s not a law for or against it, well, darnitall, there should be! ;-)
Here’s hoping that bill fails…
It drives me crazy. I agree we should have minimal laws for safety and order, but at some point we have to be able to decide for ourselves to just be responsible. Soon we’re going to be suing people for NOT making a law against something, like eating food that is undercooked. “Well, I was never told I COULDN’T eat bad food…I can’t believe my government wasn’t looking out for me!” It’s an addiction both ways for some…some feel the need to control, others need to have their noses wiped and their shoes tied every second of the day.
I am not one for telling any one what to do legally , but as far as people being on the phone all the time when there supposed to be driving, I think the Government should hand out bumper stickers instead that say ” hang up and drive ” enough said , but yes I agree.
Didn’t they make this a law in California? Seems like I remember my friend saying so. Well if they’re going to ban cell phones then they better ban Big Mac eating and radio station adjusting and everything else we all do! I’m gonna be in big trouble…. lol