Starting July 1, 2008 (that’s almost 2 years ago), drivers in California are prohibited from driving “a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.”
Since then, I have seen countless numbers of people puttering down the freeway and on city streets with cell phones stuck to their ears. I have even seen people using their speakerphone but they are still holding the phone up to talk into it. I think that’s just a stupid technicality! I think people should remind themselves that the law states that the driver has to have a phone that allows hands-free listening and talking. Talking being the operative word here. So, for those drivers that think that they can get away with talking on the speakerphone up to your face, I don’t think you’ve read the law correctly.
I recently read about a girl in Southern California who has found the ultimate loophole. The article from Wirefly.com shows a photo of the girl with what looks like her right foot up to her head, holding a Motorola Razr cell phone while she’s “driving”. Now, that’s just wrong! The article even mentions that one cop that stopped her, saw what she could do with her legs, and gave her his phone number… well, we all know what He wants… and it’s not girl scout cookies or sales for the policeman’s ball. *wink wink* Doesn’t he have any moral standards? Sheesh!
According to a CNET article about an application to help teens stay off cell phones while driving by blocking calls and texts,
Distracted drivers are the cause of a reported 5,870 fatalities and 515,000 injuries in the past year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
I really do wish that California drivers would get some common sense. If the conversation is that important, pull over and park the car! If it’s an emergency, should you really be driving in the first place? Wouldn’t you be all emotionally charged and stressed out? In that case, it’s not recommended that you drive anyway, right? I think we, as a society, have become too dependent upon cell phones.
Distracted drivers are still the number one cause of accidents. And the new law has not really been enforced. The fines are small, so people don’t care.. and so they continue to putter down the road with their cell phones in their faces. Would it be too much of an inconvenience to ban cell phones all together? Would it make sense? Would it help?