Politics

by Mike Masnick


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driver distractions, texas



Banning Driver Distractions One By One; Next Up? Eating, Faxing Or Petting Fluffy

from the common-sense-is-dead dept

Last year, in writing about all of the various new laws being proposed to ban all sorts of different driving distractions, we asked for suggestions on what other specific driving distractions should be banned. It looks like one politician in Texas is now trying to ban a bunch of those in a single bill (technically, he's just looking to increase the fine, if you're caught doing any of these things). Aman Batheja points us to the details, including the fact that eating, shaving and faxing while driving are on the list. But even more interesting to me are the issues with "interacting with passengers" or "interacting with a pet." Why not just disallow driving with any other living being?

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Feb 2009 @ 1:23pm

    Re: Misreading the legislation?

    Rather than punish people for doing things that can be potentially distracting, he's talking about punishing people for doing things that are potentially distracting only when there is documented evidence that their driving ability was impaired.

    Except there would be no "documented evidence" whatsoever that their driving ability was impaired by the additional activity. Correlation does not equal causation. If it did then we would to fine people for breathing and driving because I'm pretty sure that most people who violate traffic laws are breathing when they do so.

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