Better Buy a Hands-free
The city council has voted to ban the use of a cell phone while driving…sort of. Actually then banned the use of a cell phone without a hands-free device. Hizzoner has a week to approve the ban. If and when approved, violators will be fined $100.
The ban passed 8-to-1 on Wednesday with Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel voting against it. She said she was concerned the policy is too difficult to enforce while those who do comply will have to pay for earpieces for their phones.
“We need to address the issue of distracted driving,” she said, adding that the ban still allows drivers to talk on the phone, which studies show is the real problem.
If you don’t think she has a point, let me point out the things you still can do while driving:
- Smoke (that is, hold a stick on fire in one hand)
- Have your arm around your significant other
- Fiddle with your radio
- Shift gears
- That trucker-move with the left elbow out the window.
So watch out, cops are on the lookout for cell phones. Blowing red lights, speeding and illegal lefts are still cool, though.