With California's law banning driving while talking on a mobile phone without a handsfree device set to take effect
next week, the author of the original bill is already working on a followup to ban driving-while-texting as well
. He says this is necessary because driving-while-texting "wasn't an issue" when the original bill was put forth. Of course, there are an unlimited number of different driving distractions -- so if we really need to come up with a law for all of them, why don't we put our heads together to come up with a list. After all, we've already heard of worries that involve driving while using a laptop
, driving while using OnStar
, driving while faxing
(which also includes something about driving while playing a video game). And, of course, everyone's favorite: driving while having sex
Rather than coming up with all these laws banning each particular action, why not recognize that you can't ban stupidity
, and just focus on already existing laws against reckless driving? If you're doing something other than driving that puts others at danger, that should be plenty. We shouldn't need a list of "banned" activities while driving. We should just be focused on teaching people to actually drive when they're driving.