Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bumper sticker

I confess, normally I'm not a fan.  (And generally, at least 'round here? People with more than 2 bumper stickers per car tend to be LOONY. Of course, you can usually tell that from the content of the sticker.)

But I saw one that made me chuckle:

"Guns don't kill people. Drivers using cell phones kill people."

Yeah, I had another near miss the other day (but the other driver was texting, not talking on their cell phone). I'm generally not a fan of extra laws to control individual's behavior but I'm beginning to feel like cops should be able to pull people over for texting while they drive. Or, if the person is texting and gets in an accident, the fine doubles. Or something.

I have no problem with lawabiding citizens having cell phones, but when they begin to use them inappropriately....maybe we need background checks and licensing and people who are demonstrably stupid shouldn't be allowed to get one they can text from.

1 comment:

Sheila O'Malley said...

They will pull you over in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for talking on your cell phone while driving. And there are signs everywhere telling you not to do it. I'm not sure if it's an actual law on the books though - I imagine it is. It enrages me when I see people on their phones, or when they are clearly texting while driving. It looks like a drunk driver, weaving all over the highway. Controlling individual behavior? Well, yeah, laws should protect those of us who don't want to be murdered on the highway by someone typing "LOL" to a friend. I also wonder if there are far more accidents in bumper-to-bumper traffic now - more fender-benders - because people take the time, while stuck in traffic, to check up on their FB page. I see it all the time, and just saw it this past Monday. Stuck in traffic. The moron in front of me would not notice that the traffic had started to move - clearly texting - no other explanation - the car is right in front of you - and I would beep - and she would then jerk forward like, "Oops!" That jerking forward of the car is probably the cause of many an accident now. If you text while you drive, you deserve what you get. Unfortunately, I do NOT deserve to be murdered by one of these idiots.