"Happy April and Happy Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The CHP wants you to put down your cell phone and your lunch and concentrate on driving. They're going to be focusing on catching distracted drivers all month long. CHP Sgt. Trent Cross says the call or text only seems important until you kill yourself or someone else." - KGO Newstalk 810, via Facebook
So, if you're a California driver and don't want to get the ticket, take a rest until May. Let's face facts though - these 'warnings' aren't going to deter anyone until they are actually cited and it starts adding up. But my question is this; This law has been in effect for well over a year, why the hell do they only 'crack down' on an odd month here and there? If it's such a dangerous offense (I read yesterday that texting one message is the equivelent to driving under the influence of four beers), why not work hard to enforce it every day?
Think how much money our broke-ass state could be raking in if they would do this cracking down on cell phone use and texting all the time? I understand, there are 'more important' crimes out there, but it irks me to no end when I see patrol cars and CHP just cruising around looking for their next target, but will be sitting in traffic right next to offenders who may as well shove their iPhones up the officer's nose before being noticed. What really burns me is that officers are apparently exempt from the hands-free policies, as I see them constantly with their own phones glued to the side of their head, and judging by the joviality that is usually accompanying the conversation, it's difficult to believe it's work-related. Maybe they feel their time is wasted on such a 'petty' offense, but I see it as a serious cash cow in this state of CaliIt'sAllAboutMeFornia.
It's not hard. Get a bluetooth headset. I have issues remembering to charge mine, so I use an old fashioned wired headset. It's easy to plug it in before starting up the car, and calls when driving are rarely for casual conversing. I much prefer the conversation of my stereo.
But seriously, why only focus on April fools? Isn't a life worth the saving, and a lesson worth teaching, any other month of the year?
- Kymberlie ~ WriterOfTheStorm.com
- Kymberlie Ingalls is native to the Bay Area in California. She is a pioneer in blogging, having self-published online since 1997. Her style is loose, experimental, and a journey in stream of consciousness. Works include personal essay, prose, short fictional stories, and a memoir in progress. Thank you for taking a moment of your time to visit. Beware of the occasional falling opinions. For editing services: http://www.kymberlieingalls.com/p/editing-services.html
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