Source: U.S. Department of Transportation
quote: “Nanny-laws are an epidemic. While we’ve made progress in the past three years by raising awareness about this risky behavior, the simple fact is laws are continuing to be passed – and we can put an end to it."
quote: I don't support most nanny-state type laws, but I find this type of regulation acceptable and I approve.
quote: How often do you hear law enforcement preventing something from happening vs. mopping up the mess after the fact. This idea that LaHood has falls into the later category. All the cellphone laws I know of do not allow cops to pull over offenders solely for that. States use laws like this to raise money after the fact as an add-on to other violations, i.e. swerving, speeding, driving too slow, accident, etc...LaHood means well, I think he would like to keep people from getting hurt. Unfortunately he hasn't figured out, like most law makers and bureaucrats, you can't fix stupid. To punish bad behavior after the fact is fine if you understand that is all it can do. Once he believes he will make you change your behavior because he knows best is where the problem resides. I believe from Lahood's previous actions he falls into this false trap.When he doesn't get the change he demands he will just add to it, i.e. seatbelts, cars have had seatbelts for a long time but many refused to use them. So they added beepers and lights to annoy you into using them.