Telephoning and driving
I agree with the National Transportation Safety Board and with the following editorial in today’s New York Daily News:
Driven to DistractionYes, there are many people who use cells phones carefully while driving their cars. But in my view conducting a telephone conversation or sending/receiving text messages is inherently at odds with the act of driving. A telephone conversation inevitably draws a person’s attention away from his immediate environment, and thus is inherently dangerous when done by the driver of a moving vehicle.
I recognize that enforcement of such a law is problematic. Yet the fact remains that no matter how convenient or pleasant it may be, no matter how much time it may save, telephoning and driving do not mix.
I agree that driving and using a cell phone to make calls or texts is dangerous, and should be prohibited by the states. However, I don’t think it’s a federal issue, and I don’t support any efforts by the federal government to use the threat of loss of highway funding as a vehicle to coerce the states into implementing the ban.LA replies:
Good point. I agree.Roger G. writes:
The Joe DiMaggio Highway and a Western interstate are entirely different propositions. That’s why the Founders, in their wisdom, made the NTSB illegal.LA replies:
That’s clever and sounds good, but is it correct? The very purpose of the Constitution was to provide a national authority for matters that transcended the individual states and that the individual states did not have the ability to handle on their own. A common coinage was one such matter. Interstate commerce was another. The prohibition on tariffs between the states was another. Modern transportation technologies that connect the entire nation in one unified network are quintessentially, within the thinking of the Founders, matters that properly fall within the authority of the Congress and the federal government.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at December 15, 2011 05:22 PM | Send