On April 1st, a new law (for real, not as an April Fool’s) passed in Quebec that strictly forbids the use of hand-held phones in cars.
I must say: It’s about freaking time! While I have been guilty of doing it ever since I lost my Bluetooth headset, I fully agree that driving with only one hand is dangerous especially if you drive stick (I speak from personal experience).
But thats not here nor there.
What pisses me off is that the lobby (which includes Government institution like our Public Health organizations) that pushed to get this legislation out also wants to ban the use of mobile phones in cars period, hands-free included (they say the new law is just the 1st step).
They argue that it’s not the fact that phones are hand held that causes accidents but the mere act of speaking on a mobile causes sufficient distraction to increase accidents
While I can imagine that speaking and driving is more likely to cause distraction than having all one’s concentration on driving (and who has…. I mean people freaking daydream while driving), I really don’t see the difference between speaking on a Hands-free device and talking to your car pooling partner or discussing with your significant other.
To those who push for complete banning of Hands-free mobile phones in cars I say Bull$hit!
What’s next? Prevent children from talking to parents, make arguing with a passenger illegal?
I’m not a fan of the all too easy slippery slide argument… but I strongly believe that the opponents of mobiles are pushing this one to far.
And wait till they start having more studies that it induces cancer… I can already see it the ads:
Second hand mobile phone usage causes cancer in nearby children, please refrain from using it near yours.
Ahhh, that felt good!
The mike is on, I’m I full of it, am I spot on or am I missing something?