A driver is weaving in and out of their lane.
Or driving under the speed limit.
Or simply driving in a way that indicated their attention is elsewhere.
Virtually every single time I see that happening, the driver has been on their cell phone.
It's pathetic really.
And against the law.
So why don't people turn off their cell phones while driving or pull over on the side of the road to take an urgent call?
Because the "inconvenience" of following the law is more than the penalty for breaking the law. Except when your bad driving hurts me and my kids.
I have been sick and tired of this selfish behavior for years and years. My children are growing up hearing mommy shout "Shut Up And Drive" their entire lives. But a solution never occurred to me until now.
A Cell Phone Usage Penalty.
On the closest main road to my home, if you get caught speeding on the residential section of it, you get a speeding ticket PLUS a $200 penalty charge.
Why not apply this principle to cell phone usage. Caught speeding and records show you were on the cell phone, $200. Caught running a stop sign or red light and records show you were on the cell phone, $500. Hit a car and records show you were on the cell phone, $1,000. etc. etc.
For every driving offence on the books, simply add a cell phone usage penalty.
I do not own a cell phone but I presume it would be simple enough for the police to ask to see a driver's cell phone and check when the last incoming or outgoing phone calls were made.
Better yet, then they can confiscate the phone until the ticket is paid or after a court date.
I am not necessarily anti-cell phone, just anti-jackasses driving like jackasses because they were too busy talking on their cell phones to other jackasses to pay attention to their own jackass driving.
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