South Sound Drivers

South Sound Drivers

Distractions — such as a driver texting behind the wheel — are a factor in 30 percent of fatal crashes in Washington, according to the state’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan, called Target Zero, which primarily is aimed at reducing the number of traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries to zero by 2030. [reference article below]

Let’ ignore the “target”, “zero” by “2030” for just a sec. After all by 2030 cars will be driving themselves and distracted driving will be a thing of the past, the past 2017. However, such grandiose proclamations have never let the politicians (now including prosecutors these days) of Washington State from slinging the self-boasting slang of do-gooder goals.

In the years to come everyone will be 100% distracted from the 1 thing that is important at any given second in time because “humans” will be wired into the Internet.

Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.   (Ecclesiastes 4:6)

Lesson: “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”   (Mark 5:31) It will take something far more powerful than another zero law to conquer man’s inability to focus on the one thing important at the moment. The peace is found in doing that 1 thing.

Warning: From Politicians, Juries to Prosecutors facts, data and truth have nothing to do with passing laws anymore – the lynch mob does rule. Quote: Although there’s a lack of data right now, Ward (Angie Ward, program manager for the Traffic Safety Commission) said the commission is “convinced that distraction is a big part of our congestion problem.” Well, well, if the Commission is “convinced” without data, how about a big fat budget cut for your department?

Actually the scientific data has been out there for decades but no use doing real work, thinking things through when feelings, well, feel so much more self-righteous. Why approach anything with wisdom when the State of Washington can just hammer down more laws, accuse more individuals and appease the lynch-mob vengeance for a vote. Wisdom might actually solve a problem but it will not get the mob to vote your way. Just ask King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, Seattle, Washington State or Governor Jay Inslee.

_____________________________________________________________________ ~ opinion unto righteousness ~ timothy williams

Article Reference

(—Although there’s a lack of data right now, Ward said the commission is “convinced that distraction is a big part of our congestion problem.”

Two bills related to distracted driving are still alive in the Legislature.

House Bill 1371 and Senate Bill 5289 would make it illegal for people to hold electronic devices such as phones and tablets while driving on a public roadway. Under the proposed law, violators would face a $136 penalty for the first offense with the amount doubling for subsequent offenses.

The state’s original “hands-free” law was passed in 2007. In 2010, another law was passed to allow officers to pull over a driver solely for texting or using a hand-held device.

The News Tribune