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January 29, 2010

What Happened to Common Sense?

Carcrash I just read about a new federal law that prohibits texting by commercial truck and bus drivers. While I applaud this law, should it even be necessary. I still can't understand how anyone would do something that requires you to take your eyes and thoughts off the road while driving.

Some people complain that the U.S. government legislates and regulates too many aspects of out lives. Maybe if we all used our common sense, they wouldn't need to. People need to understand that cars are deadly weapons and need to be treated that way.

When I was a child, there were no laws regulating where children should sit in cars. There were no car seats and seat belts weren't required. Many children sat in the front seat sans seatbelts. Wouldn't common sense have dictated to parents that they shouldn't allow this. Eventually even seat belt use for adults had to be legislated because of a lack of common sense.

Then cell phones came around and many people began to look at their driving time now as a way to work and socialize. Why waste time on that 30 minute commute every day? Did it not occurr to them that even if they used a hands free device, they weren't giving their complete attention to driving. It only takes a second of inattention to cause an accident. Is it really necessary to be connected to other people every minute of the day?

If the drivers were only risking their own lives I would just call them stupid. But since they are risking the life of everyone on the road, I call them potential murderers. Since common sense does not seem to stop these terrible driving habits, I think that the laws and punishments having to do with dangerous driving practices should be made much stiffer.

When we drive, we have a responsibility to society to be safe. Don't wait for laws to be passed to stop your risky behavior. Just use your common sense.

Original 50-something Moms Blog Post by Jennifer Wagner who also writes at  Connect with your Teens through Pop Culture and Technology