Political grandstanding useless, as usual

It should come as no surprise to anyone, but politicians are more interested in pompous oration than they are in actual leadership.

For years now, we have been bombarded with claims that cell phone use was dangerous while driving–which manages to ignore the obvious question, Why is talking on the phone more distracting than talking to the person next to you?  When I’m on the phone, I never need to turn my head to look at the person I’m talking to.

Notwithstanding common sense, state after state has passed a law against talking and driving, or requiring a hands free attachment.  Has this increased safety?  Have traffic accident numbers plunged?  Not so you would notice.

The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), examined insurance claims for crash damage in New York, Connecticut, California and Washington, D.C., before and after handheld bans took effect and found no reduction in crashes.

Is there any chance that the bright light of reality will have any effect on the laws?  Nope.  Will common sense ever prevail?  Not while there are votes to be garnered from fear mongering.  You get elected by exploiting fears and promising salvation from dangers, real or imagined.

I’d like to see a politician try to get elected by saying we have too many petty laws with no purpose–he’d get my vote, if no one else’s.

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