Friday, March 12, 2010
Talking on the Phone is a Distraction
Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington wrote about three sisters who were upset with a police officer for missing a funeral though explained where they were headed.
One of the sisters, the driver, was talking on the phone while the car was in motion and the policewoman wouldn't let the driver off the hook due to Ontario's new law banning talking on the phone while you're driving. Plenty of time has passed since the law was implemented that the sisters should have been aware of the law by now to know they have to pull over, stop the car and then chat on the phone.
What if an accident was caused while talking on the phone? It has happened. That's the reason the law is in place. People get distracted. Don't believe me? Forget driving for a moment. The next time you're at any store standing behind a person at the cash register, if they're talking on the phone, observe how distracted he or she is while the cashier is ringing in their order and trying to get that person's attention. See? Talking on the phone is a distraction and people don't pay attention to whatever else is going on around them.
While I agree with Mr. Warmington that it's not right that other criminals are let off the hook, don't blame the police for that. Blame our very lenient judges and a judicial system which lets murderers and rapists off the hook way too many times.
As for the policewoman not being sympathetic I side with her. Anyone working with the public, no matter which job they do, can tell you many stories of the B.S. they hear from people that you get so desensitized to anything said and don't believe a word they say because everything sounds like an excuse.