That’s both my opinion and that of a recent post over at ProphetsPlace.com (and I’d imagine we’re not the only ones).
While, yes, I’m all about safety and whatnot (I’ve even been rear-ended pretty fiercly by a 17-year old texter while driving), I still think the idea to outlaw texting while driving is pretty ridiculous. As is the case with things like this, there are exceptions that need to be made.
Your wife’s preggers? You need that phone at all times. Some sort of natural disaster? Phone. Kidnapped woman randomly tapping wires on a broken rotary phone and is only able to reach your cell number and relies on you to save her and her family?… Ok, so that movie Cellular sucked, but still – it could happen, right?
What does Prophet’s Place have to say?
“Again, the problem isnâ€™t inherent to Blackberry devices but rather the distraction they cause in some drivers. Some drivers, as I noted above, are simply more easily distracted while driving. And Iâ€™d be willing to wager that the biggest cause of distraction while driving is a political sacred cowâ€“
Iâ€™d strongly suggest that the #1 cause of distraction that leads to traffic accidents is children. Iâ€™d also suspect that a number of other sources of distractionâ€“including passengers, food and drink, CD and tape players, petsâ€“are responsible for a far greater number of accidents than cellphones, and certainly Blackberry use.”
So essentially, a car should just be four wheels, some gears and whatnot, and maybe a seatbelt. Why? Because every other thing in those gas-guzzlers is a distraction. I keep reading about BMW and whoever else cramming more stuff into a dashboard and I wonder why BlackBerrys keep getting the heave-ho. How about banning elaborate dashboards?
Here’s the thing. We may have been fine without cell phones in cars years ago. But now, with FOX and other networks constantly feeding fear into the hearts and souls of the general public, connectivity is becoming more and more of a must. How about developing technology to make the process safer instead of outlawing it? Understand the problem and try to fix it instead of abolishing it first – that’s my suggestion.
Anyone else want to weigh in?