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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    Wraith, 1 Nov 2008 @ 8:16am


    There are too many people in this world. Darwinsim should be allowed to filter us out so we can evolve as a species. Quality vs Quantity. How about either educating people so they can learn to be responsible and make good choices. How about teaching them how to drive before they get a license. Instead of using tax and insurance dollars to pay for beaurocrats and excessive lawyers salaries. If we need lawyers then use them to include insurance clauses that limit benifits payed if such distracting devices are found so the driver understands the damages will be their responsibility. (put the money saved into uninsured motorist Ins.) Eliminate no fault Ins. I guarantee you that will limit how many people drive and text. For those who don't have regard for the lives of others or have common sense, they will be removed from the gene pool - as a species we will evolve. I know that sounds kind of harsh, but how long do we have to walk on egg shells to get around morons. Personally, I would like to get on with my life. I am usually a people kind of guy, but when I hve to work with people who stop trying or show a complete lack of desire to think, I find them to be a total drain on my resources. Let them pasively dig their own grave and move on. These people cannot be babysat. Move foward, life is too short to make litigation so comlicated.

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