Be careful with that cell phone! (6/3/2006 2:07 pm)
Filed under: Editorial, News
As you may have heard, law makers in Lawrence, Kansas are proposing a ban on cell phones in cars. Unlike similar bans elsewhere, this ban would extend to hands free cell phone conversations models as well. Of course, the stated reason is safety, since they claim that cell phone users are four times as likely to get into accidents.
Sadly, this won't do anything to help overall accidents. Whatever the number two item on that list will become number one, and we'll have to ban the next item on the list, or we can skip ahead a few steps and just ban bad drivers, but no one wants to admit that the drivers could be at fault here.
Oh, and I suppose it doesn't help that the number of fatal car crashes year to year has actually decreased since 1980 by over 15%, or that the number has basically stayed the same for the past five years or so. It seems pretty clear to me that cell phones are only the cause of accidents for poor drivers, not this evil scourge causing otherwise good drivers to drive poorly.