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May 26, 2005

Picking on the kids

When you need something to do, pick on the kids.

Illinois lawmakers took that path again this week when they passed a bill making it illegal for 16- and 17-year-olds to use a cell phone while driving, even if it's a no-hands device.

If cell-phone blabbing while driving is dangerous enough to outlaw, make it illegal for all drivers. Not just the kids.

Posted by jcb at May 26, 2005 01:58 PM


This will be fun to see them try and enforce. So if you look like you are 16 (but are really 30) and are talking on the phone will the police pull you over? Or what if you are like me (when I was 17 and now) and enjoy talking to yourself while driving?

Between things like this and the completely stupid violent games bill (http://politics.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/05/20/1458236&tid=219&tid=10) I really wonder if the politicians in my former home state have anything better to do than pass unenforcable laws aimed at minors.

But since kids can't vote they're good targets for such grandstanding.

Posted by: jt at May 27, 2005 01:14 PM

Even if it were a fair bill age-wise, the police don't have time to chase down everybody who is driving and yakking. Perhaps a better remedy would be a bigger fine if you commit a moving violation while talking on a cell phone, smoking, eating, putting on makeup or any of the other myriad activies people undertake at the wheel.

I even have a commuting friend who once claimed she read books while driving down the interstate.

Posted by: Vita at May 31, 2005 11:44 AM