By Braddah Lance
In case you haven't heard, the City Council passed a bill - 6 to 1 - bannig the use of handheld cell phones, video games or any other mobile electronic devices while driving (click to read article by Honolulu Advertiser reporter Sean Hao) ....... uh, It's About Time!
I agreed with Mayor Hanneman when he vetoed the first bill since it didn't "make sense" but the bill passed yesterday - to become law starting July 1st if signed by Mayor Hanneman - certainly does. And it still allows people to still talk but via a "hand-free" device.
This time around, there weren't much opposition but who da heck was da single City Council member that opposed it?
Unfortunately, some see it (talking on the phone while driving) as a liberty or freedom being taken away which is sad. I see it as common sense being forced into your thick skull since obviously multi-tasking is not your forté.
We've all seen it and do it time to time. We've all been on both sides of the street when it comes to talking on the phone. And no lie, when you're on the phone talking and driving, you're totally fine with it but when you see someone else on their phone, your little - or big - road rage devil pops out and you start yelling in your car, "get off da damn phone and drive!!!"...... or is it just me?
Then of course you gotta do da quick stink eye drive by.
Wassap Wit Dat!
Is it an inconvenience? No doubt - especially if you have a "legitimate" reason for being on the phone and driving like if you forgot something or need to give instructions or directions.... but das why they invented hands free kits (besides trying for make more money of course)! And if you gotta be on da phone and drive, please be in da right lane..... you know, da sloooooow lane.
Just because everybody and their newborn has a cell, some people are crying government intrusion. Think about it this way. Remembah waaaaaaaaaay back when cell phones were the weight and size of bricks and only the "rich" people had them? I remembah hearing "everyone" else bitch about how dangerous it was for those people to talk and drive but now that "everyone" and their dog has one..... no one is bitching now huh?
Well except that one City Council member.
What they should ban is those who make their conversations open to da public in the walkie-talkie mode. It should be a citizens right, if they are able to hear BOTH conversations in a public venue where it disturbs the people around him/her, you can just grab the phone and do your best Joe Montana impersonation and throw a deep bomb or bettah yet, make like LeBron James and slam dunk da crap out of dat suckah!
With the current passed bill, some say it'll still be hard to enforce..... Brah, if you think dat..... you not too bright eh?
With my extensive law knowledge from Law & Order, NCIS, CSI and Bones, I can see them nailing you without even batting an eyelash.
Follow me. You're on your phone. You see lights flash behind you. You slyly drop your phone on your side and discreetly hide your phone.
Officer: "Do you know why I pulled you over?"
Officer: "I saw you on your phone."
Idiot: "What phone?"
Officer: (Looks around and doesn't see it in plain view) "May I search I search your car?"
Idiot: "No. And I don't even have my phone on me. I left it at home."
Officer: "Then what was you holding up to your ear? And do you normally talk to yourself?"
Idiot: "I was leaning on my hand....... and I was singing." (ha ha! I got you Officer!)
Officer: (hands him a ticket anyways)
Idiot: "I'm going to protest it. I don't even have my phone with me.""
Officer: (big grin) "Please do."
Idiot shows up to court and pleads his case to the judge saying that the officer couldn't have seen him because of the angle he was sitting in his car. The judge then asks the officer to "show proof"......... BAM!
Subpoenaed call detail of the Idiot's cell phone which matches the time of the officer calling in to base for the pull over and the nailing evidence? The time stamp on the ticket. No can win!
I gotta say this though. It's a little irkamatating when they say this cell phone ban will save lives.... hello.... McFly.... I thought it was to make you a more attentive driver? It should have been said it'll prevent a lot more unnecessary accidents and possibly save a life resulting from it.
But dat's just me.
At least now I get one excuse if I no pick up da phone wen Da Wife calls...... "Babe, I was driving."
So wat you tink?
SHOUT OUT: Mahalos to anklebiters for the bags of cookies!