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The Fabulous Adventures of Astera: Writer/Actress for Hire

Meet Astera (aka: me), a star in her own mind. Our plucky little heroine has embarked on not one but two difficult, low-paying career paths: writing and acting. Witness the menial jobs! The unreasonable demands! The quirky friends and family! And the glimmer of success just ahead! Through it all, Astera maintains her core beliefs: 1) She is destined to be fabulous 2) Everything is more fun with a cocktail.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Look Ma, No Hands!

Yesterday, California's hands-free cell phone law went into effect. Drivers can no longer hold their cell phones up to their ears while driving. Instead, they must use a headset. Now, I am all for this change, although I don't think it will do that much good. Studies have shown that talking on the phone while driving, whether with or without a headset, dramatically reduces drivers' abilities to concentrate on the road. Also, I find it odd that the law does not outlaw texting, checking email, eating, personal grooming, or other activities that require one-handed driving. Let me tell you, nothing is scarier than driving with the Pater Familias while he checks his BlackBerry every time his stupid email alert dings. Obviously, checking his email is much more important to him than ensuring the personal safety of his passengers.

I had a 60-mile drive yesterday to do some networking, and here are a few things I observed as I drove:
  • Several guys driving with their lean on, resting one arm on the rolled-down driver's side window. They were clearly too cool to drive with both hands on the wheel.
  • A woman brushing her teeth while driving. I have no idea where she planned to spit.
  • A man smoking and then tossing his cigarette butt out the window. What kind of arrogance does it take to view the world as one's own personal trash can?
  • A woman wearing headphones (yes, on both ears) and rocking out to music.
  • A blatant scofflaw driving with his phone pressed to his ear.
  • Someone reading the newspaper while driving. Yes, we were stuck in traffic, but even if we're crawling along at 5 mph, any sort of distraction can cause a rear-ender, which can then lead to a chain effect, and then, before you know it, there's a SigAlert for the whole freeway.
So, if we are going to enforce what some view as a "nanny law," why not take it all the way? Both hands on the wheel at all times! Then, the CHP could give just about every single driver a ticket, including me, when I take swigs from my water bottle. But there would be a bright side...all the extra income from those traffic citations could go a long way toward cutting California's budget deficit!

Both hands on the wheel--or else!


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