3.19.2010

laws are nothing without enforcement...


laws are nothing without enforcement...
if people could just behave... then we would need less laws


Washington DC has its laws on cell phone use
in fact... DC has its DISTRACTED DRIVER LAW: 100 Dollar Fine and 2 Points...
then why does it appear that 2 out of every ten cars I see on the road are on the phone?
because the people do not care
and
because this is a tough law to enforce

2 out of 10?
well... that number may be low

what percentage of car commuters have cell phones?
what percentage of car commuters make a call or take a call while driving?
what percentage of car commuters are texting or checking messages on FACEBOOK while they are driving?
my guess... is more than 50% of the people who have cell phones talk on them for part of each and every trip they take in the car... even if that is a short call... for that short time they are on the phone... breaking the law and putting those around them at risk

PUT THE CELL PHONE IN YOUR PURSE... IN YOUR BRIEF CASE... or better yet PUT THAT PHONE IN THE TRUNK!
there is nothing so important that it can not wait
when you arrive at your destination you can catch up on the emails and the phone messages
if the phone is there... people feel a compulsion to be on it
there has to be a study about BLACKBERRY usage and the compulsion
actually... I am almost positive that there is a study about the compulsive use of the blackberry to feed endorphins
are emails really that exciting?
my work emails were never that exciting to give me a RUSH!

Oprah has her NO PHONE ZONE PSA
I like it... this is a woman that many people respect... this is a woman that many people listen to
it is great to hear her trying to infect her viewers with a little bit of common sense
or better yet... it is nice to see her trying to educate her viewers and work to try and make this a better world


Oprah and the NO PHONE ZONE campaign
www.oprah.com

Oprah has a request for people CREATE YOUR OWN NO PHONE ZONE PSA!
www.oprah.com

maybe when Oprah does one of her big give aways in the future... she can give her viewer audience bicycles!
that would be cool
in the same way that I felt that Ellen DeGeneres would have done better to give many families bicycles instead of giving one family a car



1 comment:

John Garrish said...

best way to enforce this law would be by bike. have officers on a bike take pictures.