Thursday, November 16, 2006

Get Off Your Phone

Having dodged two people today who were chatting on their cell phones when they decided to make lane switches without using signal lights, I’m all in favor of this.

Glendale - This city has passed an ordinance, believed to be the first of its kind in the metro area, that will allow police to ticket people who are yakking on their cell phones if they are involved in an accident or stopped for another violation.

It all resulted from a drive to work along Good Hope Road about three weeks ago by Frederick "Rip" McManus, whose wife, Cindy, is a member of the Glendale Common Council.

Within the space of just a couple of blocks, he saw an accident and a near accident involving drivers talking on cell phones.

2 Swings of the bat:

Dad29 said...

Five years ago, I would have disagreed with your position on this.

However, it seems that:

1) People using cells while driving are far more numerous than they were 5 years ago, and

2) Some of them are as stupid as chipmunks.

So if an accident is involved, I think an additional ticket and fine is easily justified.

Other Side said...

Yeah ... I wouldn't ban them, but a substantial fine would be appropriate.