Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid
The point is that there are many ways to define these things.
We choose one and we go with it.
It isn't difficult.
There are consequences though and it's most likely not the criminals that will be affected, but only those that abide by the swipe of a pen and the changing of the lists regardless of the reasoning or the agenda behind the change.
Let me give you an example of a parallel argument. Many moons ago I was the Safety Supervisor & Compliance Officier for an International Commercial Carrier. Cell Phones where dropping in price and becoming more common. The debate was being had that Cell Phones where a driver distraction and what should be done about this menace? I read many studies at the time of some of the crazy ideas that still might come into play at a later date (like placing your vehicle in gear creating a dead zone for Cellular Signals in or around your vehicle).
Several of the studies I'd read at that time dealt with the difference in the level of distraction between "hands free
" vrs "hand held
" devices pertaining to safety,
and there was no difference what so ever
!! With a swipe of the pen to curtail the deadly menace of Cell Phones while driving it become illegal in most jurisdictions to us a "hand held
" device but "hands free
" Bluetooth (the same level of distraction) was promoted as the safer option and is still perfectly legal in most jurisdictions to this day. Change just for the sake of change made for great optics but was really no change.
Do you feel safer? Are you any safer?
Is it just optics by Gov'ts to make it look like they've done something when they've really done nothing? What about all the people without Bluetooth compatible Cellular phones at that point in time? Nothing pertaining to increasing safety occurred with banning hand held (but not hands free) cell phones while driving but a whole lot of Bluetooth Cellular Phones got sold quickly after that law changed. Where the folks without Bluetooth compatible phones compensated for making their phones illegal when driving (and thus needed to be replaced) with something of equal driver distraction and zero increase in safety?
Last edited by Ron in Regina; Aug 28th, 2018 at 11:30 PM..Reason: spacing