I know I have some friends and family that will think this is a good thing.
NBC11.com - News - Gov. Signs Bill On Cell Phone Use While Driving: Simitian, who has been working on the legislation for five years, said the bill "is a common-sense measure which will make our roads safer and save lives."
Simitian [the democrat state senator responsible for the bill -r3v], who has been working on the legislation for five years, said the bill "is a common-sense measure which will make our roads safer and save lives."
I know it's annoying, seeing bad (i.e. inattentive) drivers on their cell phones, yapping away when they should be paying attention to the road. I hate 'em too. Almost as much as I hate the idea of this law.
Legislation of "common-sense" is the kind of thing that really irritates me. It's just another little piece of freedom chipped away and more bloat added to an already too large government. The government doesn't do anything well, so continually expanding their responsibilities is not something that should be done lightly. Especially legislating something they nothing about, like common-sense.
Additionally, and entirely secondary, it's insulting. Same with the helmet and seat-belt laws. Frankly, I don't care how many lives, if any, those laws have saved. I don't believe it's the government's job to protect us from ourselves. Then again, I'm also for the legalization of drugs, prostitution and the right to die. So, what do I know?
Some will argue that those laws are for financial reasons. To prevent uninsured people ending up being fixed on the taxpayer's dime, etc. That's a problem with the health and insurance systems though. Fix those foundations, rather than adding on to an already shaky structure on top of them.