Jul 10, 2011

The campaign against distracted driving has provided another illustration that American drivers are more likely to respond to safety initiatives when they carry the threat of punishment. --Ashley Halsey III, The Washington Post.

Really?  What's next, people are more willing to pay their taxes if they think they might be tossed into jail if they don't.

The federal government needed a study to figure out that people follow the law more often if they think the law is going to be enforced.

It would be laughable, except that Ray LaHood over at the Department of Transportation gave away $400,000 of money we don't have, to prove the obvious.  Coppers in NY and CT got the loot to watch and see if people talked on their  phones less and texted less while driving, if they thought that they would be ticketed if caught.

I would have told them the same thing for a lot less, but in government less isn't the objective.

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Kurt said...

I am driving right now.

The Bug said...

LOL at Kurt (as usual). I can barely text sitting still & concentrating on that one thing - so I'm not likely to text & drive in any case - but the cell phone? I'm guilty. I call Mike on my way home from work, talk for 1.5 minutes & hang up before I hit the interstate. But if I thought that a cop my ticket me during that minute & a half I would totally sit in the car for five minutes to figure out how to text him instead. :)

Barbara said...

Seems like a huge waste of money to me. I have sometimes been guilty of this although I am gradually reforming. Despite the threat of a $100 ticket in DC, everyone continues to talk and text because they never give any tickets. You have to know that at least sometimes the guilty get caught and have to pay.