Ineffective Driving While Yakking Regulation Proving Popular Among States
from the that's-what-politicians-do dept
Despite a mixed verdict on the efficacy of driving-while-yakking laws, more states are jumping on the legislative bandwagon. Since 2003, 23 states have passed laws regulating the use of cell phones in cars, with most requiring the use hands-free kits. Of course, talking with an earpiece is distracting too, as are any number of things that one can do in a car. Why not ban talking to other passengers, or drinking coffee? A better approach is to promote safe driving in general, not to legislate away stupid, distracting behavior. Of course, politicians don't need to show results, they just need to get re-elected by scaring people and pointing to politically popular measures that they supported. Before long, there won't be many states that don't have tough regulations in place.