So the nanny state tells us it’s not smart to text and drive – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/post/ntsb-seeks-nationwide-ban-on-driver-use-of-personal-electronic-devices/2011/12/13/gIQAekvBsO_blog.html

It’s not that we aren’t smart enough to know better, apparently we just can’t help ourselves. X$&#)+@?>{|………………..oops, sorry for the typo, I’m typing this as I’m driving. So by extension, logic tells us we need to mandate the removal of any and all driver distractions by regulation whether it be cognitive, manual or visual. What would that encompass?

  • Any electronic device including cell phones, radios, cb’s, mp3’s or other portable music devices, tv’s or other recorded media formats and playback devices, any hands-free device or talk-to-text or talk to e-mail devices
  • Reading which opens up the question of the necessity of billboards, commercial business signs which advertise (i.e. special of the day), advertising on buses, traffic control signs which include driving conditions
  • Manual input would include climate control adjustment which isn’t a necessity while driving (install a motion sensor only allowing adjustment while stopped)
  • Interior lights should be disabled while in motion
  • Seat and mirror adjustment while in motion (you did adjust those before driving as required didn’t you?)
  • The ridiculously obvious such as applying make-up, reading papers, shaving, changing clothes, sex (hey, it happens)
  • Eating meaning the elimination of drive-thru windows at restaurants as there would be too much temptation
  • Talking with passengers
  • Thinking of anything other than the task of driving
  • These also apply to buses, taxis, limousines, etc. as you shouldn’t distract the driver

Had enough? You could go on and on with this little exercise in futility. The fact is that everything I mentioned is a legitimate distraction from the task of driving and deserves to be given the same level of importance that the NTSB has assigned to texting. The bottom line is that you can’t legislate or regulate away stupidity.

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2 thoughts on “It’s not safe to text and drive? Who knew?

  1. I couldn’t agree more. Two of my brothers were discussing this the other night and the oldest said he had heard someone was trying to come up with the technology to shut the vehicle down if an electronic device was activated inside.

    The last thing we need is a bunch of laws trying to stop people from doing stupid things. It just doesn’t work that way.

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