Law Enforcement or Revenue Enhancement?
It’s sad but true. The current crop of traffic laws are designed more for revenue enhancement than safety. Let’s take a close look at the ban on hand-held cell phones.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there is no difference between talking on a hands-free phone or a hand-held phone. The conversation is the distraction, not holding the phone. If holding a phone were the problem, then drivers should not be allowed to hold a cup of coffee, a cigarette, a pencil, a lipstick or anything. Legislators know this or should know this.
Yet, they pass laws which only ban holding the phone and encourage talking on a phone. All you need do is to buy an earpiece, stick it in your ear and you can talk on a phone all day long while driving. You see, talking on a cell phone while driving is legal as long as you keep it a secret and nobody (read that, police) knows you’re doing it.
In effect, the States are encouraging distracted driving. So why would they pass such ineffective and phony laws? I hinted at the reason in the first paragraph, but we’ll explore that in detail in another blog.
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