Lawmaker: Don’t Touch That Dial

Here is a great example of the s0-called slippery slope in action. After banning texting while driving, a state lawmaker wants to outlaw talking on your cell phone. There seems to be evidence out there to support the conclusion that talking on your cell phone can be dangerously distracting to drivers. But that’s not the point, is it? If talking on your cell phone is so deadly, state lawmakers should try to educate and inform citizens how to use their freedom responsibly. As this site notes, reading and applying makeup increase the risk of accidents too. And it’s not too hard to think of other distracting circumstances, like a car full of screaming children, or an argument with a passenger, or driving with teen peers who dare you to drive too fast. But do we really need laws against all things too?

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