Tuesday, July 1, 2008
ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5037
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
Passed Legislature - 2007 Regular Session
State of Washington 60th Legislature 2007 Regular Session
By Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by
Senators Eide, Weinstein, Murray, Berkey, Regala, Rockefeller,
Kauffman, Keiser, Spanel, Jacobsen and Kohl-Welles)
READ FIRST TIME 02/22/07.
AN ACT Relating to the use of a wireless communications device while operating a moving motor vehicle; adding a new section to chapter 46.61 RCW; creating a new section; prescribing penalties; and providing an effective date.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:NEW SECTION.
Sec. 1. The use of wireless communications devices by motorists has increased in recent years. While wireless communications devices have assisted with quick reporting of road emergencies, their use has also contributed to accidents and other
mishaps on Washington state roadways. When motorists hold a wireless communications device in one hand and drive with the other, their chances of becoming involved in a traffic mishap increase. It is the legislature's intent to phase out the use of hand-held wireless communications devices by motorists while operating a vehicle.
WELL FOLKS...TODAY'S THE DAY!!!
Ok...So I am not one to complain. (Ok you can stop laughing now)
But how the heck am I supposed to wear this thing behind my ear AND wear my sunglasses?(which are prescription BTW) I feel like I have to choose between following the law, or being able to see and drive safely. Which is also what a good law abiding citizen should do. I agree that talking on the phone while your driving can be distracting. I certainly agree that texting while your driving is a little involved. But if your very talented....ok. Ok. I get it.
But are we in danger of taking this a little too far? What about the lady who was painting her finger nails at the stop sign yesterday morning? The Lipstick? The Masscara? How about the Big Mac and Fries? Or Heaven Forbid.....The Venti Iced Caramel Macchiato? I've gone too far havn't I? Soon...if this keeps up, there will be no more drive thru at fast food resturants. Then they will not allow you to listen to music in the car and Syrius Sattelite Radio will be a thing of the past. In the future...you won't be allowed to talk while driving and then all autos will only be able to seat 1 person.
...NOW HOW DO YOU WORK THIS THING ANYHOW?