Thursday, September 25, 2008

Texting, Driving, and Personal Responsibility

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.

  1. How can it be enforced? Autoblog has a great point--it's still legal to dial a number.
  2. Why are we going after the distractions instead of making people personally responsible for their actions?
  3. 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.

Related: CCTV Enforcement for Texting While Driving

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