Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Out with the old, in with the new.

Year, that is. This new year brings a hands-free legislation in BC. No hand-held electronic devices while driving. Only voice-activated or one-touch Bluetooth® hands-free sets.

I felt so incredibly guilty this morning taking a bite of my Starbucks breakfast sandwich at a red light. Should I be biting this? Should there be a hands-free sandwich device? Can I take a sip of my coffee? A phone doesn't make a mess when dropped in your lap to turn left and those are now taboo. You can't adjust your iPod (if your car is equipped with a dock), but you can change the radio station or turn on the A/C. The new law states that you can't watch TV while you drive, can't text while you drive, can't play video games while you drive, but so far does not mention breakfast sandwiches or hot beverages. What's next? There are only so many laws that can protect you from stupidity. When will we be strapped in astronaut-style with big bubble helmets and 5-point harnesses and computer-assisted driving to protect us from ourselves?

It appears common sense is not so common anymore. If you can't chew gum and walk at the same time, you probably shouldn't attempt to multitask while driving. There should be a test for that. I wonder if the bubble helmets come equipped with a Bluetooth® sandwich device?

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