Hang Up And Drive- We’re THIIIIIIS Close…
A few months ago I brought up a major pet peeve of mine- which it just so happens is also a public safety issue: drivers who use cell phones without a hands free device.
There’s barely a single trip I take around town where I don’t see some idiot yappin’ away on a cell phone in one hand, while also trying to operate a multi-ton vehicle with the other.
Don’t you just want to scream at those people? They risk their lives- and all of ours too- with that reckless, distracting behavior. They should be spanked. Yes, spanked.
I used the airwaves to beg our lawmakers in Olympia to take action and empower law enforcement to pull those fools over and write them a fat ticket by making this behavior a primary driving offense.
And now here we are, the last week of the regular legislative session and we’re this close to getting a statewide law with some teeth.
But like most issues taken up in Olympia this year, we’re just as close to getting a law that’s actually rather pathetic.
The Senate, led by Sen. Tracey Eide, a Democrat from Federal Way, tried to improve the law, passing legislation that makes texting and talking on a handheld phone a primary offense.
The law also forbids all 16 and 17 year olds from talking on a cell phone while driving- whether it’s hands free or not.
Now that’s an awesome law. Can you imagine? Teenagers unable to talk on their cell phones while driving?
Who could object to this package of safety measures? Anyone?
His name is Dan Roach, a Republican from Bonney Lake. Dan’s a pretty cool dude, so, I can’t understand for the life of me why he amended the bill to take out making hands free driving a primary offense. But he did.
Maybe Dan wants to go down in flames when he’s up for re-election. Any serious or fatal accident caused by a cell phone holding driver would rest on his shoulders. Potential opponents would have a field day- so would the media.
So now it’s up to the Senate. If they adopt the amendment as written by Roach, they will be saying they only maybe sorta maybe care about safety on our roads- and- that’s not really caring. Is that acceptable to the rest of us? Ummm, no.
These are your marching orders. Go online to leg.wa.gov/senate, and tell your senator to pass a cell phone ban that makes driving hands-free a primary offense.
Anything less puts lives at risk.