How many of you would support that law?posted by aaron at 10:56 AM on June 26, 2001
For this to be true, the passenger has to know s/he is being a distraction. Usually, neither the passenger nor the driver realizes how distracting the conversation truly was until after the accident has occurred. (It also requires the passenger to be actively worried about how much of a distraction s/he is causing by speaking, which is rarely the case.) Also, by this logic most cell phone-related accidents shouldn't be happening in the first place, since the driver will realize how distracting the call is and will stop speaking to reduce the risk, or else the caller on the other end will refuse to continue the conversation as soon as he realizes you're driving.)
A phone doesn't have this power of discretion: it will ring (hands free or not) without warning.
You're presuming all cell-related accidents are caused by unexpected ringing. That's not anywhere near true. A few, sure, but not most.posted by aaron at 11:21 AM on June 26, 2001
Yet.posted by aaron at 11:23 AM on June 26, 2001
Re:If a cop sees a driver eating a watermelon and playing the banjo, then by all means pull him over and get him off the road.
Why? What is the charge? Reckless driving? Charging someone for driving recklessly is opiniated, over-regulated unenforceable drivel. This kind of thinking eats away at our liberties just as surely as banning the use of cell phones.
It is my right to drive however I want. If you think I'm being reckless, too bad. Your definition of reckless is no more valid than my assertion that I'm not being reckless. Who's supposed to be making/enforcing these definitions.
Unless I cause an accident, I'll play the banjo, eat watermelon, talk on the phone, turn around to yell at the kids, read a paper and put on makeup however and whenever I want, simultaneously if I deem fit.
How couuld a Freeper think a cop has ANY right to butt into my personal freedom while driving?
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