Thursday, October 23, 2014

2335 Legal Posting

Heard an interesting news story recently. It spoke to how hard it is these days for the legal system to keep up with technology. And I'm not talking about complex issues like Net Neutrality. I'm talking about talking on your cellphone and driving.

A while back our learned lawmakers, and even some of those who weren't so learned, decided the "talking on your cellphone and driving" thing was killing people in sufficient quantities it was time to do something about it. Just about the time they finally got around to outlawing it and requiring handsfree talking, people started texting and driving too.

The lawmakers were able to roll that in and we now have the "no talking or texting on your cellphone while you're driving" law. 

But you can post to Facebook.


Yep, back when the law was drafted, smartphones were in their infancy. No one realized that talking would soon become passé. Who wants to wear one of those dickey little handsfree things people put in their ears anyway? Driving's uncomfortable enough without sticking a piece of metal and plastic in your ear, not to mention that you look like you escaped from working a fast food drive-thru.

Anyhow, it's currently legal to Tweet or post to Facebook or Instagram while you're driving. So some stupid people do. Because, you know, if it's not safe to text, it must be safe to post a picture, right?

Yeah, right. Certain smartphone owners, as we've established, can use the extra smartness of their phones because they have so little actual smarts themselves. Facebooking on your anti-social media just because it's technically legal is like laying a disconnected fake seatbelt across your chest. It still can get you killed.

They used to say speed kills. Stupidity kills worse. 

America, ya gotta love it. 

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