If you text and drive, you are. I hope you get caught, and get a long driving ban, before you kill someone.
I’ve long felt that not only are there too many distractions for drivers these days, but that too many drivers simply don’t take driving seriously enough.
It’s potentially a lethal weapon in careless hands, and one reason just about everywhere in the world a driving test of some kind is required before one is allowed a license to drive, first.
Apparently, lawmakers are concerned over two main issues.
The first is that any new law is almost certainly to infringe on the individual’s civil liberties. While I would agree that there are already many petty rules and regulations that do just this, those that text and drive are not only putting their own safety, and indeed life, at risk but the safety and life of those around them – both other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. You want to increase your own chances of dying in a wreck by not wearing a seat belt, go right ahead; you know the risks. Texting-while-driving is different for the reasons stated above. If so many people can’t be responsible drivers then legislation is probably the only way to attempt to make them drop this dangerous practice.
The second issue is that it would be hard to enforce. There is some truth in this, as has been seen in the UK. Texting while driving (and even talking on a non-hands free cellphone) has been illegal for a half dozen years or so now, and yet people still do it.
The fines have been increased as have the number of penalty points on the license, and it has had some effect.
It’s often teenagers, who have less driving experience, and less speed/distance pereception, that are performing this dangerous practice the most.
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Still, do we not pass other laws because they might be difficult to enforce? It can be difficult to track down a murderer or a rapist. The drug laws in most countries are quite ineffective, but there are still laws against murder, rape, and drug taking.
The sooner that the message is pushed out there to everyone, that texting and driving is as bad as drinking and driving, the more chance we have of reducing its occurrence.
People still drink and drive, but it’s arguably not nearly as prevalent as it was years ago, when there were no real DUI laws in place.
If you are 30 or older you will think this is hilarious!!!
When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning… uphill… barefoot… both ways… yadda, yadda, yadda. And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in I was going to lay a bunch of stuff like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they’ve got it!
But. now that I’m over the ripe old age of thirty, I can’t help but look around and notice the youth of today.
You’ve got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a darn Utopia!
And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don’t know how good you’ve got it!
I mean, when I was a kid we didn’t have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the darn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!
There was no email! We had to actually write somebody a letter – with a pen! Then, you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!
Child Protective Services didn’t care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our a-s! Nowhere was safe!
There were no MP3′s or Napsters! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself! Or, you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up!
There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We’d play our favorite tape and “eject” it when finished, and the tape would come undone… cause – that’s how we rolled, dig?
We didn’t have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that’s it!
There weren’t any freakin’ cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn’t make or receive a call. You actually had to be out of touch with your “friends”. OH MY GOD!!! Think of the horror…
And then there’s TEXTING. yeah, right. You kids have no idea how annoying you are.
And, we didn’t have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your mom, your boss, your bookie, or a collections agent, you just didn’t know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!
We didn’t have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600, with games like ‘Space Invaders’ and ‘Asteroids’. Your guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen… forever! And, you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!
You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were s—–d when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your rear and walk over to the TV to change the channel! NO REMOTES!!!
There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning. Do you hear what I’m saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-brats!
And, we didn’t have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!
That’s exactly what I’m talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You’re spoiled. You guys wouldn’t have lasted five minutes back in 1980 or before!
The Over 30 Crowd