My subtitle for this one is:
…Or, How California’s lawmakers prove they have a sense of humor.
So… I will start my post with a question.Â What difference have we seen with on the roads with the new law banning the use of cell phones, without hands free devices?
Personally, I have noticed little or no difference in the number of people that I see on the phone.Â I have even seen people sitting at a stop light, talking on the phone while a cop sits not even fifteen feet away.
Just for giggles I went ahead and sent an email to the California Highway Patrol to ask them for statistics on the numbers of citation issued to people for using their cell phones will driving, versus the number issued to people after VC23123 and VC23124 went into effect.
To be honest, I was not expecting a reply at all, but I did actually get one.Â One that told me to contact a different section of their agency… by phone… whuch I did.Â Only to be put on hold for about twenty minutes before I was advise by another person that I needed to contact yet another number.Â At which point I stopped.
I know I should have taken this a little further, fought the good fight, and stayed on the trail to get this information.Â Unfortunately I am not like the Michael Moore’s of this world where I can go off entirely half-cocked on a mission of little importance for the sole task of making myself look good.Â Well… nevermind that, there are not enough plastic surgeons in the world to make Him look good.Â My opinion…
No… I stopped there primarily because I was doing this research while on my lunches, and since there is only so much time and I am not independantly wealthy… well, you see my point.Â However, if a representative from the Highway Patrol happens to come across this site and this article, and does have the information that I am looking for, then I will gladly post it.
The point that I think I am trying to make, just like the one I tried to make in July, is that this law it pointless.Â It is one of those “warm fuzzies” that the law makers like to put out there to make the people think that they care.
I do support the principle that the law stands for, do not get me wrong on that.Â I think that the idea is a good one, but instead of creating a brand new law that actually duplicated what is already out there, why not just enforce the laws that are already on the books?Â To me, that would be more impressive than making a new law that reenforces another.
“Who am I? What am I doing here?” – Admiral James Stockdale – 1992