Monday, September 25, 2006

Texting While Driving ?!

Here is a snippet from today's "Mr. Roadshow" column. I read this column religiously, and have been published a few times. This question just blows my mind...

"Q. Does the upcoming California law on cell-phone usage while driving just refer to talking on the phone, or will it also cover using a cell-phone to send text messages? The other day I saw a car drifting from lane to lane on Mission College Boulevard. At the stop light, I saw the reason: The driver was using her elbows to steer while using both hands to send a text message!
Tony Colacicco
San Jose

A. Ugh. The hands-free requirement does not cover text messages, only actual phone calls. This Simitian-sponsored bill becomes law July 1, 2008."

Forgive me for being blunt, but is anyone that freakin' stupid that they would attempt to send a text message while driving a car ?? The sheer boneheadedness of this driver's actions is absolutely shocking to me. I cannot believe that anyone would even consider sending a text message, something that requires one's full attention and dexterity, from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.

I have often said that legislation is required to save people from their own stupidity. This is yet another action to add to the list.

People never cease to amaze me.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

if people use cells in the car, their cell phone # should have to be posted on their bumper.

then you could text her 'oooh shit, look out ahead!!!!'

October 2, 2006 at 3:42:00 PM PDT  

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