Autoblog and Gizmodo gleefully report this morning that texting and driving has been terminated in the People's Republic of Kalifornia. This gives us a good insight into the knee-jerk psychology that causes even good people to take other people's freedoms away.
The law is retarded.
- How can it be enforced? Autoblog has a great point--it's still legal to dial a number.
- Why are we going after the distractions instead of making people personally responsible for their actions?
- This is a slippery slope. What's next? Ban the radio? Ban the GPS? (Oh wait.. California already banned affixing anything to your windshield...). Ban every possible thing that could ever possibly distract a driver, and create a process to review the list of distractions on a quarterly basis to ensure that all possible distractions are consistently banned?
Texts don't kill people. People kill people.
I think we just need a ban on new laws.