By Wayne Harada
Sure, it’s a given that cellphone use and related texting or tweeting are potential safety hazards.
But for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to include no-hands Bluetooth technology to the proposed no-can-do list seems bizarre, compared to worse distractions I’ve witnessed — you, too, probably — on the road.
If the intent was to make drivers pay attention and drive, the law should say you can only drive, and do nothing else.
Enforcing the regulations would be tough, for sure. And there will always be folks who will cheat and regulators can’t possibly list every possible no-no.
Admittedly, I’ve taken or made a call while in transit while awaiting a green light or stopped in gridlock traffic. But I don’t text or tweet.
Clearly, there are numerous other worse habits happening on our highways and byways on any given day.
Here’s a starter list of obvious infractions that are distractions; perhaps you can add to it:
1. Putting on makeup. Lipstick, mascara, rouge, whatever. The sun visor mirror, or the rear-view mirror, are magnets for these actions.
2. Reading a map or GPS for directions. If you don’t know where the heck you’re going, you rely on an old-fashioned map in your glove compartment, or GPS in your vehicle or your cell.
3. Drinking soda or bottled water. It does get warm and you do get parched.
4. Reading a book. I mean, really, I wouldn’t believe it but I’ve seen it.
5. Reading a newspaper. Ditto, like above.
6. Holding a dog in your lap. Pets probably should be in the rear seat, not in the driver’s lap or hanging its head out the window.
7. Reaching in the back seat for a bag, purse, etc. The thing you need seldom is in easy reach.
8. Left foot hanging out of driver’s window. No comment necessary. Duh!
9. Combing or brushing hair. Looks may matter, but multitaskers will be multitaskers.
10. Brushing your teeth. Aaay, don’t laugh; I saw a woman do this; she rinsed with bottled water.
Any further comment? Anything to add?