Monday, May 08, 2006
No more driving with your cell phone in Detroit
Life, Cell Phone, Tech
I guess the city of Detroit finally figured out what was wrong with Motown, it was all those people driving while talking on their cell phones. The Detroit City Council has approved an ordinance that would ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving anywhere in the city limits. You will be fined $100 if you are pulled over for this. You are allowed to make emergency calls, and calls if you are using and hands-free device (earpeice, headset, etc...).
I get that some people are really distracted while driving with their cell phones, I have seen it first hand, and I understand that something should probably be done, but to start pulling people over, sounds a little, silly. I think this will be hard to enforce, who says what is and what is not an emergency call? Are the officers going to have to get actual video of these people on their phone, if they do not, I can see this just packing the courts with appeal cases. As it is, people speed, get tickets, and still appeal them becasue odds are, the officer will not show up to the appeal, or they will get off some other way. It will be interesting to see how this goes.