U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says cellphone use will driving is a “national epidemic.” Of what proportion, I’m not quite sure. Hopefully not one that rivals the Holocaust, although bureaucrats love to manufacture apocalyptic scenarios to push their despotic agendas.
Mr. LaHood’s latest agenda is to institute a national ban on all cellphone use while driving, which, I presume, includes texting, talking, checking email, browsing the web, and playing Angry Birds.
LaHood said it is important for the police to have “the opportunity to write tickets when people are foolishly thinking they can drive safely or use a cell phone and text and drive.”
LaHood has previously criticized behind-the-wheel use of cell phones and other devices, but calling for a federal law prohibiting the practice takes his effort to a new level.
Reading an Amazon Kindle book on your cellphone while driving, I concede, might be a little unsafe. But so is applying makeup, eating a Big Mac, and changing the song on your iPod. Moreover, driving with two hands on the wheel is probably safer than driving with only one hand on the wheel. So should we ban one-hand driving as well?
Or, maybe, we could just go the eco-fascist route — and ban driving altogether.