An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

February 28, 2007

Another Ban?

Filed under: Opinion — olbroad @ 5:54

Sadly, there is no ban on stupidity.

‘Hang up and drive’ could also mean ‘hang up or die’

I couldn’t understand why the “idiot” behind me kept blasting his horn.

Every few seconds, another honk. I was in the center lane minding my own business cruising down a city street with my car windows down on a beautiful day last fall.

I was chatting with my wife on my cell phone and one of my favorite songs, “Jive Talkin” by the Bee Gees, was playing on the car radio.

Suddenly, the “idiot” who was changing my good mood pulled up along side me in the lane to my right. We came to a stop at a red light. The “idiot” rolled down his window and bellowed, “You idiot, turn off your blinker. It’s been on for 10 blocks. Hang up and drive.”

I will admit, I have used my cell phone while driving. I don’t do it on a regular basis, and only when it’s safe to do so, like no other cars are close enough for it to be a problem, and only briefly, and completely out of necessity (just ask Mr. Ol’ Broad, or my daughter).

Common sense should tell us not to do something that is going to distract us while steering a few tons of steel and plastic, moving at a high rate of speed, or even not so high rate of speed. Unfortunately, common sense seems to have died a long time ago. It was probably around the time that Dr. Spock insisted that spanking wasn’t a good idea. Since then, we have become so self absorbed, we think the world revolves around us, and everyone else is at fault for our own stupidity.

According to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times, in 2001 at least 4,699 reported accidents in California were blamed on drivers using cell phones. In those crashes, 31 people were killed and 2,786 were injured. California will now ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, effective July 1, 2008.

So, we have another ban to regulate our behavior. Is this a good idea? Where does it end? I agree, people should not be gabbing on the phone while driving. There are consequences for our actions, and since the government has decided to put an end to any consequences, will we ever be held responsible?


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