Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Distracted Driving Laws

I spend a lot of time driving. Two hours a day commuting, plus another half hour or more getting the kids from day care, and all of the weekend trips we take. So I'm on the roads in New Hampshire a lot. So obviously, I can see the dangerous behavior of drivers who are using their cell phones or eating while driving, right?

Well, no, not really. The drivers I fear most usually aren't doing either of these. No, what the worst drivers on the road are doing is simply being stupid.

They are tailgating, following at barely half a car length going 65 miles an hour. Passing on blind curves and in the fog. Weaving in and out of traffic, and changing lanes on the bridge. Drifting over far to the right of the traveling lanes and then catching themselves just before they run off the road. Waiting just long enough before pulling into traffic to make sure that it is unsafe to do so.

And at no time that I recall have I looked at one of these jokers and said, "huh, no wonder, he's talking on his cell phone." Because for the most part, they're not.

I'm all for improved highway safety, as long as it's approached reasonably. And to me the most reasonable approach is to crack down on driving practices that actually cause the majority of accidents.

Granted you can't outlaw stupidity. But you can try your best to keep it off the road.

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