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You can text and drive: what the hell is wrong with that!

On my way into work today, some ass with a cell phone was texting away not looking were she was heading and cross into my lane. By the time I got my butt to stop ripping the leather from my seat the driver was back in her lane and the phone was in her lap and she was smiling away with that stupid look of “sorry but I don’t care that I almost hit you.” All I was think was where is the cops….if I was speeding there would be one…. Here in the great state of California we are now hands free…“IT’S THE LAW.” (www.dmv.ca.gov/cellularphonelaws/index.htm) What does that mean? No more handheld cell phones while you drive. But from were I sit as I ride over these SoCal roads and highways, it seems to be a waste of time and money to put this kind of law on the books. I see as many drivers on the phone as before and not just phones; I see Blackberry’s, laptops, I-pods and DVD players, don’t forget makeup and food. All taking drivers eyes off the road. I don’t feel any safer as I ride; in fact I feel the need to look for drivers with their eyes down or to the side. Good way to tell what there doing….more in likely they are texting….after looking into what constitutes the hands free deal, I found out that the law restricts the use of holding the cell up to your head (ear) and driving, but you can use the speaker if you set the phone down, if you are still holding the phone in your hand you can get a ticket. However I looked into text messaging here is what I found and I quote “The law does not specifically prohibit [texting], but an officer can pull over and issue a citation to a driver of any age if, in the officer’s opinion, the driver was distracted and not operating the vehicle safely. Sending text messages while driving is unsafe at any speed and is strongly discouraged.” in that case as long as one hand in on the wheel it is ok to do what ever you want with the other one…..i think you know where I’m going with this…… So what the hell? Did this new law help to make the roads safer or help sell Bluetooth crap for you phone? You tell me someone needs to rethink how this one was written. You can text and drive: what the hell is wrong with that!