Pennsylvania Texting Ban Goes Into Effect

It even bans sending texts using Siri, which can be done hands free. This is one of the more useless bans I’ve seen, and is already been rendered moot by technology. With Siri I can send texts and e-mails through my Bluetooth earbud, without having to touch the phone. Talking to Siri is no more distracting than talking to a passenger. Also, it’s been shown that texting bans actually increase accidents, because people keep their phones down and remove their eyes further from the road. The problem with politicians is, when your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. In this case, their hammer is legislation.

7 Responses to “Pennsylvania Texting Ban Goes Into Effect”

  1. Broken Andy says:

    Yeah, its kinda overboard. But then, it seems most laws are.

  2. Patrick H says:

    Yeah what a stupid law. I’ll be ignoring it.

  3. We’re being law’d to death in this country. I really believe our system is fundamentally broken. If we continue as we are doing, in another 100 years we will likely have 100 million laws. Perhaps a system that allowed 1,000 laws. If you want to pass a new one you must remove an old one.

    • Alpheus says:

      John Locke had an interesting idea written up in the Carolina Constitution (which is sometimes held up as an example of his “non-liberal” side): That every law passed have a 100-year expiration date.

      Personally, I’d probably reduce the expiration date to something shorter, say 25 years.

      Another idea I’ve toyed with is to have a “House of Repeals” of, say, 1000 people chosen at random, that cannot pass any law, or even suggest any law, but would have the power to repeal any law older than 10 years with 1/3 of a quorum. It should also have the power to repeal any regulation not voted on by Congress, at any time. Yes, I want it to be easy to repeal laws!

  4. Jeff says:

    That’s how it is in NV… Now instead of people holding the phone up in front of their face txting so they can see the road they are holding it in their lap to hide it…

    The pigs are exempt of course, you see them txting and talking on their phones all the time. No seatbelts either.