Overhype

by Mike Masnick




After We Ban Driving While Drowsy, Can We Just Ban Legislating While Stupid?

from the please dept

Let's just face it: driving is a dangerous activity. Doing other things that suggest your full attention is not on the road makes it that much more dangerous -- but it seems ridiculous to ban each and every potentially dangerous thing you might do while driving. There are already laws on the books for reckless driving, and it seems like making use of those would be a lot more effective than some of the other proposals. Of course, we've talked about rules on yakking while driving (which may soon be accompanied with similar laws for pedestrians crossing the street while yakking). Then there are attempts at banning things like using OnStar while driving. Then, of course, you can going through the long list of possible distractions. Some have looked at banning smoking while driving and John writes in to let us know that New York has been looking at a bill to ban drowsy driving. Yes, you absolutely should not be driving while drowsy -- but the point is that there's an almost infinite number of possible things that can be done to make driving even more dangerous than it already is. It's never going to be possible to ban each one. Instead, why not just enforce existing laws that suggest that if you're doing something dangerous behind the wheel (and that includes driving while distracted or drowsy) you can get in trouble for it.

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    StuCop, 13 Feb 2007 @ 10:58am

    our traffic laws already create more criminals than anything else...it's just another excuse to write a ticket...and if you're poor and can't afford to pay your ticket...then you'll get a warrant for your arrest...and when you get picked up for that warrant...you'll get another fine...which being poor and now being in jail you can't pay...which in turn will lead to more warrants and more jail time etc etc...so sooner than later you're a "criminal" because some cop thought you seemed drowsy or had your headphones on while crossing the street or whatever other ridiculous laws they come up with...

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