Is this written from a place of angst? Written by a person that received a seatbelt ticket at 6:30AM on a Saturday as he calmly navigated the open roads of California? Written by a person that would prefer not to shell out unnecessary money for an action that only compromises his own health? I think we all know the answer to that. Still, What kind of police state are we living in? I get that we need to the rules of the road. That's fine. The road is an unstable beast. Simply cannot have the anarchy of people making lefts on red or winding through traffic with no regard for the general pubic safety.
However, what I do in my car should be my business. I'm not saying I should be allowed to chug malt liquor or tie off for a quick heroin sesh, but when I start being prosecuted for comfort is where I draw the line. You can't eat in the car anymore, You can't drink. You can't play on your phone. If cars weren't designed with basic human rights in mind than I don't know why they have cup holders. I don't know why the phone charger is so conveniently placed. I don't know why fast food places always make the french fries so easy to get to. If I absolutely have to wear my seatbelt how come the seatbelt alert turns off after 15 seconds? I shouldn't be able to face conviction for exploiting the system to my convenience. Attack car manufacturers. Attack fast food restaurants. Attack the cell phone industry for making Bluetooths look so queer. Attack those that profit off my ability to multitask while behind a wheel.
The way I think of my car is as a residence on wheels. As long as you are paying for your car you should be able to do whatever you want in it. You start by ripping the road burger out of my mouth and next thing you now you will be telling me I can't walk around my apartment naked. Ticketing me for changing songs on the move is just another instance of the shackles of society becoming tighter and tighter.
Yeah, some of these things can be dangerous. That's why we need to modernize the driving test. Finish a large fry, a chocolate shake, scroll through 10 songs, and text at least 3 people 'happy birthday' before you finish your 15 minute driving test. No matter how many tickets you give out people aren't going to stop doing these things. Might as well embrace it, and make it safer. Look at how stupid most of our peers are. You think their inability to text on the go is going to stop them from ending up embedded in a telephone pool? Hell no. There are people I know that are a danger to society before they even put the key in the ignition, and it has nothing to do with the amenities that their car provides. We are a people on the go. Can't I just eat, drink, and be merry without someone turning it into a court case. Keep ticketing everything that people do for entertainment behind the wheel and road rage related incidents will go up ten fold. If you're not part of the solution you are part of the problem.