When this site first got some press coverage, a lot of the feedback I got was from people who were surprised not to find something
condemning cellphone users on the original version of Road Wars.
My response was that this was done intentionally, because cell phones are not the only problem, and it is for this reason that I do not support the state cell
phone ban. First of all, in my experience, the most distracting part of using a cellphone while driving is dialing it, and guess what... the state-mandated
headsets obviously do not alleviate this. Second, cell phones are only one of many, many things that can distract a driver. Changing CDs in your stereo,
combing your hair, yelling at your kids, eating lunch, or pulling a wedgie out of your ass are arguably just as dangerous as talking on a cellphone, yet they
haven't made laws that make it illegal to use your car stereo or to drive with kids in the back seat. Hell, even DVD players are allowed to be used in cars,
which is FAR more distracting than using a phone if the screen is where the driver can see it. In my opinion, cellular phones are being scapegoated as
a means for the government to make a few more dollar through money collected as fines, and given that there are plenty of other distractions that can be had
while driving, that just isn't right. Also, the amount of distraction that can be had in a car depends on who's behind the wheel. Some people can't even talk
to the person sitting next to them without drifting all over the road, while others can be doing six things at once in addition to driving and nobody else on
the road would have any idea. There is just too much grey area in this subject to just make a law banning cellphone use while driving and act like that's
going to solve any of the problems we have on our roads.
Anyway, back on topic, the point is if your attention span is rivaled by that of a goldfish, don't take your eyes off the road. Stay off the cellphone,
don't screw with the stereo, and don't turn around to yell at your kids if you're in motion. Otherwise, you might end up getting real friendly with the person
in the lane next to you, or a pedestrian walking on the shoulder, or your friendly neighborhood police officer.