first they come for the….
Yes. Driving around while knee-walking drunk is dirty-BAD-worng, m’kay?
That out of the way, let’s discuss the step-by-step intrusion into our lives of the Safety Police.
First, the steady downward progression of the “legal limit” of Blood Alcohol Content while driving. Why didn’t they start with 0.0? Because the public would have balked — and rightly so.
Next the whole silly “hands-free” cell fone devices. With piles and piles of “studies” proving it’s not the hands — it’s the conversation. They gonna make a sound-proof booth for the driver so no one will “conversate” with them?
What about the drive-time raadio industry?!?
Now, here they come again:
An AA Insurance survey of motorists in January found eating while driving was ranked the 8th biggest distraction behind the wheel.
* 44 per cent slower reactions while eating
* 26.5 per cent slower reactions using a hands-free phone
* 22 per cent slower reactions if consuming a soft drink
* 12.5 per cent slower reactions having drunk the legal limit
…”It comes down to a level of judgment, and a level of appropriateness. It might be okay to eat an apple, it might be okay to smoke a cigarette, but it wouldn’t be okay to roll a cigarette while driving.
…AA motoring affairs manager Mike Noon said although using a handheld phone was not allowed, it would not be realistic to ban eating.
Aw c’mon. Given those “statistics” above, how could you NOT ban eating while driving?!?
Seriously — let’s just make one penalty for screwing up without regard to the reasons behind the screw up. …or the thoughts.