Over the years, we've had many stories about the various efforts to ban "driving while yakking." While there's no doubt that driving while talking on a mobile phone can make you less aware, it's attacking the wrong problem, which is bad driving decisions. We already have laws against reckless driving, and the goal should be to enforce them, rather than focusing on banning every possible distraction one by one. The problem with banning each distraction, rather than focusing on educating drivers to be better drivers is that they just move on to other distracting activities. In fact, research has shown that since putting the various driving-while-yakking laws in place, there's been no decrease in accidents. Instead, it seems like most of these laws are passed not to protect people, but for political expediency. It's one of those laws that gets the politicians who support it plenty of attention. So, with that in mind, it can't look good that one of the backers of such a law in California crashed her SUV into another car while trying to answer a call, taking her eyes off the road (via The Raw Feed). The point here is that the law really isn't the issue: common sense is. Drivers shouldn't need laws to point out reasons why they shouldn't take their eyes off the road. Update: This story just gets better. It appears that her claim that she had just picked up the phone is now in question, as prior to the accident at least six drivers were so worried about the careening SUV with a driver talking on the phone that they had all called the police to report her bad driving -- including the fact that she'd bounced off the center median prior to the accident. Oops.
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