Federal Control of Kissing – Why Not?Honorable Ralph M. Hall 2405 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-4304
Subject: Secretary LaHood Seeks to Ban Cell Phone Use While Driving
If Ray LaHood wants to take control of a so-called “national epidemic” of distracted driving, why should he not also take over parking meters and perhaps kissing?
Back on topic: Do we really have a problem with cell phone users? What are the facts?
According to a study of 13.8 million incidents by SmartDrive Systemsthat studied distractive behaviors of commercial drivers, all recorded on video,
handheld cell phones contributed to only 13.4% of those incidents. The study identified nine common distractions, listed below according to significance:
- Object in hand – 44.5%
- Talking on a handheld mobile phone – 13.4%
- Beverages – 12.7%
- Food – 10.1%
- Smoking – 9.9%
- Operating a handheld device – 9.1%
- Talking/listening with hands-free mobile phone – 5.2%
- Manifest, map or navigation – 1.0%
- Grooming and/or personal hygiene – 0.6%
Similar research in Great Britain in a survey of 1,000 motorists indicated a range of distractions including:
- Adjusting the car stereo – 76%
- Drinking – 66%
- Eating – 64%
- Reading maps – 41%
- Handling CD’s – 50%
- Talking on cell phones – 42%
- Reading books
- Applying makeup
- Swatting insects
Above percentages represent admission via voluntary responses.
It’s easy to see a driver clearly distracted by use of a hand-held cell phone. Less obvious are other distractions – it’s somewhat difficult to put a CD player up to your ear.
If Secretary LaHood’s proposal becomes a bill, I suggest you amend the bill to include all the above distractions – kissing, handling car stereos, swatting insects and eating-while-driving.
While you’re at it, let’s also outlaw pretty girls within eyesight of public thoroughfares and the presence of law enforcement vehicles – both can be
The last time the federal government took over highway law enforcement, Jimmy Carter’s Democrats gave us that worthless 55 MPH national speed limit that motivated millions of motorists to become radio operators almost overnight.
State legislatures do a much better job of writing traffic laws. And, just saying in passing, I don’t believe the states gave power to the federal government to regulate speed on American highways. For reference: The Tenth Amendment is on-line for review.
Thank you,The Rockwall Conservative Rockwall, Texas
PS – Let’s exclude a ban on kissing while driving (KWD). Do so could force young couples to park all over our highways and THAT could be dangerous.