On the other hand, there are lots of people who drive safely while using their cell phones. I know we are not supposed to mention this fact as some kid out there may think “hey, he said some people can drive OK while using their cell phones” and do just that. The horror.
Anyway, back to the legislator. What happens if you pass an unenforceable law.....say a law against using your cell phone while driving? How is this unenforceable, you ask? Well, how do you prove someone was tooling down the road on their phone? A cop may see it happen......but that can be disputed on many grounds.
Here is how you do it. You pass a low that allows cops to read the contents of your cell phone when they pull you over. You get that? You write a law that allows warrantless searches.
Read the thinking of this lawmaker.....who equates having a cell phone visible in your car (not locked away) with having an open container of beer.
At one level I’m mocking this guy but at another level I want to point out the thinking process that justifies infringements on our rights.
I have another suggestion for those comfortable with handing your cell phone over to the police. Why not use our technology to place cameras and recording devices in our cars? Cops could either access the recordings or, even better, they could enter our license plate number into a computer terminal and then access the cameras in our cars while we drive down the road--all without our knowledge. Think of it: Cop in a Car.