Thursday, April 8, 2010

The End is Near

If you like doing stupid things like playing Russian roulette or talking on your cellphone while driving your car, go ahead and do it now. Why? Because soon it will be illegal (at least the cellphone and driving part).

U.S. Transportation Ray LaHood said as much in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

"The end game is to get cellphones out of (drivers') hands," said LaHood.

DOT is sponsoring pilot programs in Syracuse, New York, and Hartford, Conn., to ticket distracted drivers. In Syracuse, it'll cost you 180 beanos if you are caught talking and driving. In Hartford, it'll be a C note, plus costs. The program's motto: "Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other."

DOT's move comes on the heels of mounting evidence that cellphone use while driving results in dangerous distractions for drivers.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting news, but to a point that you made in your book (if I recall correctly), commercial forces like MS/Ford are working to integrate such distractions directly into cars. Wouldn't it be ironic if, by the force of legislation, people are encouraged to move into distraction-rich cars!

April 8, 2010 at 10:21 AM  

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