This article really got me started. And it just proves my point.
In my neck of the woods, it's illegal to drive while talking on a cell phone. Unless you have one of those "handsfree" things.
I think that's totally wrong. Take that to trial and put me on your jury. I'm all for nullifying that law.
And, this isn't just because I'm a criminal defense lawyer. I was a victim too. I'm serious. A few years back, I was rear-ended by a young woman who was talking on the cell phone while driving her big Land Rover. Did that make me think it should be illegal to drive while you're on the cell phone? No, it made me think that this particular woman wasn't paying enough attention to what she was doing at this particular moment.
And I can't be the only one. Let's get together and form our own lobbying group of people who want to legalize cell-ed driving. It'd be like MADD, but the opposite.
Why? Because for a normal person capable of multi-tasking, talking on the cell phone while driving isn't dangerous. In fact, talking on a cell phone isn't any more distracting than eating a big mac or watching a dvd (both of which are completely legal to do while driving).
This guy killed two people when he caused an accident because he was watching a DVD on his dashboard television. In the article, the prosecutor says that this is an issue that the Legislature should address. What? The legislature should pass an individual law for each possible distraction? If it was proven that this man was watching a movie instead of the road, he would've been convicted of something. They must have "reckless driving" or the like in Alaska. No, Ms. Prosecutor, the jury just didn't believe your case, and there's nothing the legislature can do about that.
I see people driving down the highway with their kids punching each other in the backseat, mom turning around every two seconds to yell at them, take the toy away from them, slap them. I say when it becomes illegal to drive with your kids in the backseat, then you can criminalize driving while talking on the cellphone.
Ah, I feel better.
Wait, one more thing. What about those handsfree cell phones? Those should be illegal. Seriously. Because now, you see people walking down the street shouting, and you don't know if they're just crazy people who talk to themselves, or if they're on the phone.
Make the handsfree phones illegal, bring back the phones that require you to hold your hand to your head. And that will make people use their phone less, because they get tired of holding their arm like that. Thereby preventing brain cancer. See, it's an all-around good plan.