Laws dictated by common sense

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Recorder published on Dec. 30 information about House Bill H-3660, which would ban cell phones while driving except if “hands free.” Opponents say, “It’s government intrusion into people’s cars and lives.”

How irresponsible.

Another bill (H-3265) would require horseback riders under 18 to wear helmets. Opponents say, “It’s up to the parents to decide.”

How irresponsible.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 were injured as a result of distracted driving. And, every 8 seconds someone is hurt in a car accident. Of those, 26 percent were caused by cell phone use. Of the 1.6 million crashes, 500,000 people were texting. On any given day, 10 percent (660,000) of all drivers on the road during daylight hours are on the phone.

In comparison, an average 100 people die yearly while horseback riding in the United States.

When does common sense take a back seat to saving lives and serious injury?

Thomas Newton