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LarryNaselli.com
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
OK Then, Let's Really Be Safe

The State of New York has taken the lead in banning the use of deadly hand-held cell phones while operating a motor vehicle, and we should all applaud this humane and foresighted effort to make our roadways safe for the children.

Disdaining reactionary warnings about a domineering, paternalistic government extending its coercive grasp into every detail of American's lives, many fellow Americans with whom I've spoken approve of this compassionate government action.

Their perspective is noble and progressive, fitting for enlightened 21st century citizens, who prize safety and security above all other petty, parochial and archaic considerations, such as limited government, individual liberty and personal responsibility.

My only rebuke to my saftey-conscious countrymen is that most lack the courage of their convictions. If we are going to make our roadways truly safe, we must attack the root causes of unsafe roadways, and eradicate all distracted driving hazards, not just the popular cause of the pernicious hand-held cell phone.

I urge you my friends, if you support the action of the State of New York to outlaw hand-held cell phones while driving, that you contact your State Representative, State Senator and Governor, to demand a ban on every other driving distraction that imperils the health and safety -- yes, even the lives of our children.

To help you get started on this worthy crusade, below I've provided a litany of distracted driving hazards (DDH's). I trust that you will be able to add to this list; and let us not rest, until we have once and for all made our roadways safe again.

If we're going to be safe on the road, let's really be safe: let's ban all distractions while driving, namely:

Hand-held cell phones
Hands-free cell phones
Car Stereos
Car Radios
(especially those playing Right Wing Talk Radio)
Roadside Billboard Ads
Children in the back seat
(sorry, you'll just have to seat them up front, where they may be decapitated by your Federally-mandated Air Bag bomb, but if we're going to have safety, sacrifices must be made)
Eating and Drinking (of course, we must also close the Fast-Food Drive-Thru Loophole)
Talking
Thinking
Daydreaming
Praying


And finally, the leading cause of distracted driving by that most at-risk group: young adult males . . .
Pretty Girls Walking


Posted by larry_naselli at 8:50 AM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, August 3, 2004 5:02 PM CDT
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