Ontario: Driven to Distraction on Wired Driving Ban
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
Now I am not one who thinks we need more "unesseScary laws", but perhaps this is a law which needs implementing thanks to Modern Technology, meant to make life easier, but in some cases may take our life.
Imagine if you will a Brain Surgeon is performing delicate life saving brain surgery on your Noggin. How would you feel if you enter the operating room and when you wake up and see a cupholder with a hot beverage by your operating table, a DVD player on your chest playing an action movie on a screen above your head,while a stereo is blaring in the background, as the Brain Surgeon is taking a cell phone call from his wife. Somehow I think that would freak you out, wondering why he is not concentrating on the issue at hand YOU!
The same applies to driving your car, ya gotta pay attention to the issue at hand, you and the road!
A Now Public Contributor came up with an excellent analogy, "Never treat your car as a loaded gun, because the Victim could be you!"
We have all seen it, Drivers driven to distraction, whether applying makeup, balancing a hot coffee in the past.
With the advent of cell phones. In the late 1980's and early 90's , we all saw drivers, almost gladly in a "keep up with the Jones" immediately pick up their "behemoth cell phone" at a traffic stop to impress the babe in the next car, pretending to carry on a conversation.
Now that everyone has a cell phone, and cell phones being smaller than ever and with text messaging, many are texting while driven to distraction trying to distinguish those microscopic alpha numeric buttons on the phone.
Cars today rival James Bond Spy Cars, with every conceivable gadget available to distract you.
Cars today, have GPS display screens, as well as drop down TV screens, not to mention LCD screens for your stereo which allow one touch menus, not to mention outlets to plug in your Blackberry and laptop computers.
It makes one wonder if you're driving a Car or an Entertainment Unit? People need to make that distinction , or more Government Laws will do it for us!
Drivers need to concentrate on the issue at hand, you, others around you, and the road!
Premier Dalton McGuinty says he's considering new road safety legislation because modern electronic gadgetry is driving motorists to distraction.
Senior police officers told the premier at a recent meeting that a simple cellphone ban doesn't go far enough to ensure that drivers keep their eyes on the road.
But following a recent spate of fatal accidents in which drivers were suspected of being on the phone, McGuinty said yesterday he is open to a ban on cellphones and any other electronic device that can serve to take a driver's eyes off the road.
"What about people who are tapping on the GPS system, what about people who have road maps out on the steering wheel while they're driving, what about the next gadget . . . that they haven't invented yet which will not be taken into account by your cell phone law," McGuinty quoted the officers.