In Case You're An Idiot: Canada Wants To Make It Illegal To Play Video Games While Driving

from the who-writes-this-stuff? dept

In the past, we've pointed out how silly it was for various politicians to go about banning very specific actions for drivers. There are a ton of distractions for drivers, and you're never going to successfully outlaw all of them. But it doesn't stop politicians from trying. Earlier this year, we asked for suggestions on what else politicians might try to ban while driving (beyond earlier bills that were put forth in various legislatures trying to ban using a laptop, using OnStar, faxing and (everyone's favorite) having sex while driving.

The latest is up in Canada, where a bill on driver distractions includes a ban on playing portable video game systems. While my first thought was whether or not this means it would still be legal to hook up a console gaming system and play it, that thought was quickly erased by the most basic question of all: who doesn't already recognize that you should not be playing a handheld video game while driving? I mean, if we're going to start banning totally theoretical dangerous driving activities, I'd like to throw juggling while driving onto the list. That's gotta be distracting. We must ban it. To save our children, of course.

Of course, to highlight how ridiculous this law is, it says it's okay for you to change stations on the radio while driving -- but you would be fined for skipping a song on your iPod. Why the distinction? Who knows. Reporters, sensing the ridiculousness of the situation, questioned a supporter of the new bill, asking him if it would be illegal to change songs on your iPod if the iPod were taped to the dash, like a radio. His response? "I would have to look at that one," while then noting "the proposed law is fairly general with details to come." Ah, so let's rush into passing a law, and then we'll work out the details of what the law actually means later?

Filed Under: canada, distracted driving, ipods, radio


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    Twinrova, 31 Oct 2008 @ 4:16am

    Maybe if politicians would use real world data, people would take notice!

    A year or two ago, some company came out with a study which showed a list of the top 10 driving distractions.

    Want to know what #1 is (for the upteenth year in a row)?
    Children.

    That's right! drivers with screaming kids are often more distracted by cellphone users, makeup artists, readers, and yes, even game players...combined.

    That's big. Now, if these politicians then turned around and banned kids from riding, maybe, just maybe, parents will then get involved in what these idiot politicians are doing to stop them.

    Because telling a parent they can't drag their screaming rugrat with them will definitely piss them off, especially when they can't get a sitter at the last minute.

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