Sunday, January 31, 2010

Enforce the laws on the books!

Laws that forbid motorists from using hand-held phones or texting while driving don't appear to result in a significant decrease in vehicle crashes, according to a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute expected to be released Friday.

The study, expected to be released at a conference in Washington, D.C., Friday, comes amid stepped-up efforts by federal highway-safety regulators to ban texting while driving and curb other forms of driver distraction. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood earlier this week announced rules to forbid commercial truck and bus drivers from text messaging while driving. Mr. LaHood has said he would ban all texting while driving if he could.

I've never understood why anyone would think these laws are necessary? In every place they would pass a new law they already have reckless driving laws. Texting while driving is reckless. Use what you have on the books. There is no need to add another law to an already overly fluffed legal code just to appear to be "doing something."


Weer'd Beard said...

Our lawmakers seem to think that their resume looks best with quantity of laws rather than quality. Hence why we have laws that say it's criminal to sell a gun to a felon...and a separate law that makes it criminal to sell a gun to a felon at a gun show.

The idea is that if somebody disobeys one or multiple laws, there is some magical critical mass of laws that will stop them.

Of course in the end I suspect that the criminal who was carrying a stolen handgun without a permit for the purpose of killing a rival drug dealer so he could steal his drugs was unaware that in his trek he crossed withing 1,000 feet of a school which is illegal to do if you're carrying a gun or illegal drugs.

And if he DID know about the added laws, I suspect he wouldn't mind.

But dumb laws like this add to a person's resume!

RobertM said...

I realize more and more every day that lawmakers and most laws are almost a complete and total waste.

Toaster 802 said...

These type of laws allow stops by law enforcement and enhance ticket revenue and allow for searching persons for other violations that will net the government more one time tax funding.

It is not about anything but money and control. it never is.