By Wyatt Earp | April 17, 2009
And, as usual, it is a tale of idiocy.
After I read this, my first thought was, “How do these morons keep getting re-elected?” And then I remembered: This is Philadelphia, and our politicians are usually completely inept and/or corrupt.
Philadelphia City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a measure that will ban handheld cell phones while driving in the city. Mayor Nutter is expected to sign the bill into law, and enforcement would begin immediately thereafter. But some have questioned the new law’s legality.
Councilman Bill Green was a sponsor of the measure: “People on their phones are drunk on technology.”
Green says they just want to make Philadelphia roads safer: “Driving with a cell phone is the equivalent of having a .08 percent blood alcohol content level, according to many academic studies.”
Awesome, cell phones are a gateway drug! Hell, I might as well move on to reading the newspaper and blogging while driving next!
The measure would allow police to pull you over if they see you gabbing or texting on your cell phone.
It would not be a moving violation, and if stopped a motorist would not get points on his or her license. But a first offense calls for a $150 fine ($75 if paid within 10days), and a second offense would be $300.
Any police officer who would waste their time doing something this idiotic should be shunned by the entire community. “Yeah, I know the city is overrun with homicides, shootings, and stabbings, but I am going to pull over people who text while driving.”
As bad as this is, here is where city council goes off the rails:
Handheld phone use would also be off-limits for bicyclists, scooter riders, in-line skaters, and skateboarders, who would be subject to the same fines.
Wow, if I had a dollar for every time I used my cell phone while cycling, I would have . . . zero dollars! That portion of the law is the epitome of jackassery.
If the bill withstands any court challenge, the cell phone ban would apply only to handheld devices. (H/T - KYW1060)
And yet, city council decided that using hands-free devices are perfectly fine. Why? You’re still talking on the phone, and that means you’re still “drunk on technology.” In my opinion, they should ban them all, or don’t ban any of them.
Oh, I also guarantee that every member of city council will violate this law every time they are in a vehicle. I guarantee it.
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