Why Punish Distracted Drivers?
All distracted driving is illegal if it is a wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. But what acts should be specified as illegal?
Will a person wearing an earphone or a Google Glass be presumed to be a distracted driver and therefore guilty of breaking the law?
Affects of Distracted Driving on Mental Capacity
If it’s true that the brain drain in focusing on texting, conversation, or a computer screen is so much measurably more absorbent of our mental capacity, then these devices should be forbidden to be physically accessible to the driver.
Experts agree that the mental capacity to concentrate on complex subjects substantially depreciates the speed and capacity of our brain. Moreover, using the eyes to focus on another object or subject will certainly take our visual capacity away from its most important job.
Therefore, wearing a temptation such as Google Glass is no different than keeping an open can of beer in the cockpit. It is simply too dangerous.
Law enforcement should no more be obligated to prove that you had been drinking from the beer can, or were going to, than they should have to prove that you were using the Google Glass. The risk associated with those items is just too high as a matter of public policy and should be kept away from drivers.
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