An entirely unholy diatribe

Let’s start with a list, and then I’ll ask you what the list is a list of.

  1. fast food
  2. lipstick
  3. pockets
  4. combs and brushes
  5. car stereos (there’s a good hint for you)
  6. paper, notebooks, and pocket calendars
  7. windows and sunroofs
  8. windshield wipers
  9. seatbelts
  10. iPods and other .mp3 players
  11. billboards
  12. maps
  13. GPS devices
  14. cigarette lighters
  15. infant seats
  16. infants
  17. dashboard controls for heat and A/C
  18. pedestrians
  19. construction zones
  20. other drivers

This is a starter-list of things we will have to eliminate, in order to be consistent, if we persist in legislating against the use of cell phones while driving. State of New York, read ’em and weep (or tax, which I’m sure you’ll find a way to do)!

Will anyone confess with me that you’ve been more unsafe while digging for, and fussing with, your legal earpiece than you would have been if you’d just used your cell phone the way you’re accustomed to using it?

It’s not that cell phones are any more or less distracting than infants or hairbrushes or road signs. The problem is that some people don’t know their own limits and can’t, in and of themselves, guarantee safety. Safety problems simply cannot be solved by law.

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