Criminal NJ cell phone law
I meant to write this a while ago, now I’m stuck doing it with my eyelids half-shut.
NJ Cell Phone law is absurd
We’ve all heard about this already, so I won’t bore you with the specifics, but how many of you think this new cell phone law phone law in NJ is just plainly ridiculous, and just another way for state and local authorities to seize your money and infringe on your rights?
While there is some merit for punishing people for acting in a reckless manner, or endangering the lives of others (such as making it an act of homicide if you kill someone while texting), the fact that cops can now pull you over if they think you’re texting with the phone in your lap is asinine.
I do agree that texting and driving is pretty stupid, because the phones have teeny displays and buttons, and require some amount of attention, but this law leaves a lot of things uncovered.
Here is my list of questions and concerns, as well as why this law is STUPID:
- I always drive with one hand. ALWAYS. Why can’t I choose to do what I want with my other hand? Make it illegal to drive with one hand then.
- You can operate the radio, adjust the sunroof, pick your nose, apply makeup, EAT, smoke, drink and just about anything else in the car. What makes using the phone any different?
- It’s easier for me to just pick the phone up, and place it on my ear. When I have to start fuddling with and plugging in wires, or flimsy bluetooth headsets, it distracts me MORE!
- What about talking in the car? Isn’t that distracting too? Or an argument with your wife or boyfriend? What about a car full of hyper kids? Can we ban them too?
- Cell phone & driving related injuries and fatalities are rather low (though some say are under-reported), why not just make “cell phone use” part of the driving test? If they can’t handle using a phone in pressure situations, they don’t get a license.
- OK, what if I had a bar of soap in my car, and loved putting it on my ear and talking to myself. Will you pull me over?
Ugh. I’m tired and need sleep now, but I wonder how many Pedestrian Accidents in Hoboken had something to do with cell phones… Nah.. it’s the parking.
What do you think of this new law?