I’m not one to take on politics publicly. I leave that to the Democrats, Republicans, other politicians, news media and Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. But this morning’s article in the Houston Chronicle just threw me for a loop. I’d love for the The Daily Show to take this one.
Long story short: “Perry Vetoes Texting-While-Driving”. The first three paragraphs are as follows:
“AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry vetoed legislation on Friday that would have banned texting while driving because he views it as “a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults.”
State law already prohibits drivers under age 18 from texting or using a cellphone while driving.
“I believe there is a distinction between the overreach of (the texting ban bill) and the government’s legitimate role in establishing laws for teenage drivers who are more easily distracted and laws providing further protection to children in school zones,” Perry said in his veto message.”
Further on in the article, it states, “In his veto message, Perry agreed that “texting while driving is reckless and irresponsible.” The governor said he prefers information and education campaigns to dissuade drivers of all ages from texting while driving.”
So let me get this straight. I see teens, soccer moms, businessmen, etc., texting while driving all the time. But it’s the teens who need educational campaigns. I disagree. Everyone needs educational campaigns on the dangers of texting while driving. However, let’s look at the “government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults” comment.
Two examples come to mind:
– Seatbelts: Laws enacted with educational campaigns
– Drinking and Driving: Laws enacted with educational campaigns.
Both are to keep everyone on the road safe and alive. Please tell me how texting while driving is different. Heck, people talking while driving is dangerous. They slow down, they swerve, they aren’t paying attention to their driving but they think they are…I’m sorry – how is that different?
To me, they aren’t. Savvy?