Friday, November 02, 2007


(Each "Question of the Week," an idea which I gleaned from A Republic If You Can Keep It, will remain toward the top of the blog until the next question appears. The previous Questions of the Week are HERE. Please scroll down for recent postings)

So often, somebody says, "There oughta be a law." I happen to believe that less government is better than more government, but I still find myself occasionally opining in frustration that we need a particular law to effect a particular remedy, even though I rationally know that making a law in and of itself accomplishes little.
For example, when I have a near collision in traffic with a driver yapping on a cell phone, I mutter, "There oughta be a law against talking on a cell phone while driving." Some locales have indeed enacted such a law. For example, Governor Schwartzenegger of California recently signed into law a bill requiring that teen driver put down all electronic devices when behind the wheel. From this September 13, 2007 article:
A law signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday will require those teens to put down all cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. Older drivers will be able to use hands-free devices but minors won't enjoy that luxury _ in part because of the popularity of text-messaging among teens.

"The simple fact is that teenage drivers are more easily distracted. They are young, inexperienced and have a slower reaction time," Schwarzenegger said in a statement after he signed the legislation into law. "We want to eliminate any extra distractions so they can focus on paying attention to the road and being good drivers."

The law barring cell phone use by drivers under 18 will take effect July 1, as will the law restricting cell phone use among older drivers, which the governor signed last year.

Violators will be fined $20 for the first offense and $50 for subsequent offenses. Both laws include exceptions for drivers who need to make emergency calls.

Schwarzenegger's signature means California joins 15 states and the District of Columbia in banning the use of wireless communication devices for teenage drivers. Nearly a dozen other states are considering similar action, according to the American Automobile Association....

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Is there a particular law for which you cry out in frustration? You can be serious, satirical, or comedic in your response, as is your wont.

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posted by Always On Watch @ 11/02/2007 11:45:00 PM