At long last, in California at least, a law has finally been passed making it illegal to drive while holding and speaking on a cell phone.
"Under the law, motorists will be required to use a headset, speaker phone, ear bud or other device that frees up both hands when they talk. Motorists who need to make emergency calls are exempted. Violators will be fined $20 for the first infraction and $50 for subsequent violations."The law won't take effect until 2008, which is too damn late in my opinion, and I realize that it won't be enforced unless a cop is in a bad mood. But it's a start. The biggest problem with the law as it stands now is that the penalties are pitifully weak. $20? $50? That's ridiculous. Try starting with $1000 and going up from there.
Here's what I consider to be an adequate penalty for people who hold a cell phone to their ear and jabber away while attempting to drive: They will be sentenced to park in front of my residence, with their cell phone, where they will sit in the driver's seat and wait for me. I will then approach their vehicle, smash the window, rip them out of the vehicle, and proceed to beat the living hell out of them. I will make every effort to ensure that they are left broken and bleeding, permanently disabled, and in agonizing pain for the rest of their lives. That's better than they deserve.
And that's how I feel about people driving while talking on cell phones.