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2013-06-07 13:53:41.746169+00 by meuon 4 comments

No Phone While Driving - the Nanny State attempts to further enable stupid people.

While (most of the time) I hand off my phone or ignore it when driving, I tend to fear the idiots I see while driving. I see enough cars in "slow wavering distracted mode" that when I zip by them to get out of their impending disaster zone, see a phone in their hand...

I get torn on this, and I feel that the real solution is: Many people should not be driving. It's not a right, it's a responsibility to wield a solid mass with deadly inertia in public places.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-06-07 14:18:48.177897+00 by: Dan Lyke

The accident rate continues to decline, but the real solution appears to be getting the human the hell out of the driving loop. The headline calls it: "distracted driving". There's always something that can get the driver's attention, targeting one tiny bit of that space is stupid.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-06-07 15:11:43.304375+00 by: markd

I still think the way to make driving much safer for everyone is to attach a 6" sharp spike to the steering column. People will pay a lot more attention to what they're doing. And if not, the idiots will get culled soon enough.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-06-07 15:27:54.051585+00 by: Dan Lyke

Sammy Davis Jr has been proposed to me as the counter-example to that. And, heck, for most of the '50s and '60s, the design of steering wheel columns was essentially that...

#Comment Re: made: 2013-06-08 12:51:48.569522+00 by: DaveP

Western Canadian provinces have "Distracted Driving Laws" - saw lots of signs about them on my trip that didn't make it to Alaska. Might be interesting to see what they've implemented...