NHTSA Wants to Ban *ALL* Cell Phone or other Portable Device Use in Cars
This is the crash that provides the excuse for the latest outburst of fatuous bromides from the safety Nazis. This might come to be called the 11-11-11 crash. Eleven people were killed in this crash when a teenager ran up the back of an 18-wheeler tractor right after sending 11 text messages in 11 minutes. [correction — only 2 people killed, 38 injured. Lots of photos of the crash here] As liberals always do, they blame “things” when it is people who are the problem. Here, they blame the cell phone, but it was the teenage driver that did this. Banning cell phone use while driving, even if that were possible, would not solve the problem. Careless and inattentive drivers will continue to be careless and inattentive no matter how many laws are passed attempting to ban their “stuff.” The corrective action to prevent this sort of thing needs to be focused on the real cause, the careless driver.
Banning cell phone use by the 100 million people who can manage to use a cell phone while driving without causing an accident because a very few can’t or won’t is the stupid solution; the smart solution is to find ways to make careless drivers act more responsibly, and leave alone the good drivers who aren’t a problem.
Technology is overtaking this anyway. You can now text with an iPhone simply by speaking to it. Soon you will be able to do that on just about any cell phone. That means you’ll be able to talk to your wife, text your girlfriend, buy or sell stocks, or send flowers to your mother without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel.
I guess you shouldn’t talk to your
wife husband and text your girlfriend boyfriend at the same time, though. At least not with a speak-enabled phone.
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