Wednesday, January 14, 2009

More Common Knowledge as News

I think this is one of those things we all know, but somehow need a study to prove it.

It's also evidence of why the Nanny State doesn't work. A few years back, starting with my home state of Connecticut, jurisdiction after jurisdiction passed laws prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving, but carving out an exception for hands-free. Turns out, when the government attempts to control us for our own good, they often get it wrong. In this case, hands-free laws accomplish exactly nothing.

Of course, this is not an argument that we should now pass laws that ban cell phone usage altogether when driving. It's an argument that people who get into accidents while talking on their cell phones should be held to a higher standard of liability, and then be free to make their own choices—and pay the consequences.

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