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Starting July 23 it will be illegal to eat, drink, smoke, or groom yourself while behind the wheel in WA State

Starting July 23 it will be illegal to eat, drink, smoke, or groom yourself while behind the wheel in WA State

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  1. terroristteddy

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Didn’t say no vaping, so Subaru owners should remain unaffected.

  2. OhioJeeper

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Doesn’t say anything about masterbation, *nice.*

  3. kyledamile

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Title is a bit misleading. These things will be secondary offenses – meaning that if you are pulled over for something else and the officer decides that one of these actions contributed to that offense, they can write an additional ticket for that action.

    There won’t be police pulling people over for smoking a cigarette unless they’re driving erratically while doing so.

  4. Kevin_Wolf

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Make sure you don’t try to adjust the air conditioning or change the radio station, either!

    Oh, and make it illegal to have kids in the car. They’re *huge* distractions. I can’t count how many minivans I see swerving all over the place trying to grab shit from the kids in the back.

  5. Carl_MacLaren

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    The cell phones, I get it. Grooming, sure, get up earlier if you’re having to put on makeup while driving. But eating, drinking and smoking? I mean, I would think nobody is chowing down a 3 course meal while driving. C’mon! Isn’t a cigarette a hands free device for the most part anyway?! I don’t smoke but I think this is a bit of over-reaching by our state government here in WA. I often make 6 hour trips for work purposes. Am I supposed to stop and pull over to take a drink of water and to snack on something?

    This is the kind of law that gives the state government the gateway to say in the future that it’s now illegal to drive without both hands on the wheel.

    Don’t vote for poorly written laws.

  6. PlanZSmiles

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    The article is a piece of work.

    WSP Trooper Cadet Cody Fath got behind the wheel of a driving simulator that shows users how hard it is to use a cellphone and still drive safely.

    Each time Fath’s phone dinged, his gaze would go to the screen, then swing back to the road: “I’ve got a lot of notifications… Another text… I just veered into another lane and almost hit someone.”

    I don’t condone texting and driving, but if you are that badly distracted then you shouldn’t be driving period. Notifications to your phone should not be enough to make you veer off course

  7. gimpwiz

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    So every time you get thirsty, fuck your water bottle sitting right next to you, you must pull over. Hey, may as well make driver’s side cup holders illegal too.

    Fucking stupid.

    Leave it up as discretionary: distracted driving is illegal. How distracted? First, up to the discretion of the cop giving you a ticket; second, up to the discretion of a magistrate, judge, or jury, depending on how your state works, to find you guilty or not.

  8. howhardcoulditB

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Does grooming include picking my nose? Because that’s pretty standard for me in traffic.

  9. rickyman2014

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd people are still gonna do it. People still talk on their cell phones where it’s illegal and no one seems to give a shit. There’s no way this is going to be enforced in a consistent way. Seeing someone actually taking a swig of a soda or whatever is such a small percentage of what you see on the road.

    TAKE AWAY ALL THA THINGS! THEN WE’LL ALL BE SO SAFE!

  10. CrunkJip

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    If there are any English teachers on the sub, they’re going to love this thread. I’ve never seen so many *perfect* examples of hyperbole in a single place *ever*.

  11. Tangent_

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Great law in theory. In reality it’ll just make people hold those things down out of easy view while they keep doing it. At least that’s all that happened with the “hands-free only” phone law in California in my experience.

  12. Mister_Johnson_

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Distracted driving is already ticketable. This is just so they can go after people who are driving safely yet technically breaking the law. It’s a revenue generator. It has nothing to do with safety.

  13. ClutchingMyTinkle

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    > illegal to eat behind the wheel

    Washington’s obesity rate is about to plummet.

  14. spergery

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    GOP: Nobody can do as much to piss people off as we can

    Dems: Hold our beer

  15. Yreisolgakig

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    How is smoking causing crashes? Like yeah if you’re fumbling around tryna open a pack of cigarettes, get one, and light it that’s gonna distract you but just smoking?

  16. Will12239

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    It’s unenforceable so all it really does is give officers an easy excuse to pull someone over

  17. koopatroopa92

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Even more reasons not to live on the west coast

  18. Mancaveaccount

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    As it should be.

    I once spotted a guy shaving while driving and he wasn’t using an electric razor, the guy had a full face of lather and was using a disposable razor. Absolute insanity.

    It never made sense to me how there can be so much emphasis on stopping people from using their phones to talk, text, or surf while driving but absolutely no effort to stop people from eating, shaving, putting on make-up, etc.

  19. Do_Ya_Like_Dags_

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    You aren’t even allowed to drink (non-alcoholic)?

    That seems a bit excessive. Smoking too. Those things don’t affect your ability to control the car or pay attention at all. They put cup holders in cars for a reason.

  20. 7yler13

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I understand the groom ones self.. But I can drink eat or smoke myself? Where else am I to eat myself?

  21. Some_Weeaboo

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    What if the food is already in my mouth

  22. ez117

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Seems a bit idealistic. I believe it had good intentions but maybe regulates it just a tad too far, but to be fair I really can’t think of any better way should you decide to regulate it. Honestly it should be one of those common sense things, but sadly people are too dumb to self-regulate.

  23. PiketheGSP

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    By making laws more and more excessive they all but ensure the eventual acceptance of self driving vehicles.

  24. RetaliatoryAnticipat

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    But what if my nose itches?

  25. cheapdad

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I can’t smoke myself? Darn, might as well take the bus, then.

  26. Munsta750

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Freest county on earth, am I right?

  27. thedroid123

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Wa commies

  28. JohnqNC

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Maybe we need to get the government to protect us by putting GPS and camera’s in the car so they can make sure we are being safe.

  29. mr_lab_rat

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    yet car manufacturers keep putting fucking touch screens in the cars

  30. taratarabobara

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I’ve driven in countries where this is considered a primary offense – and I do think it encourages a certain seriousness in the driving process. Then again I’ve been in cabs in Shanghai where the driver seemed to somehow manage sipping from a gaiwan, checking a phone app, shaving himself and shifting a 5-on-the-tree.

    I don’t know what the answer is. Too many people let themselves get distracted, though.

  31. Jerks_took_my_name

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/distracteddriving.htm

    We’ve had these laws for a little while now, it’s honestly not enforced much but hopefully scared some offenders away from being absent minded drivers

  32. JackVS1

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    If I can’t groom myself can I at least groom a child whilst driving?

  33. crusherlife

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I can understand grooming yourself and maybe eating some messy foods but drinking and smoking don’t seem like that much of a hazard.

  34. GulfAg

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Cell phones? I understand and agree to an extent. Texting should be illegal, but having a conversation on the phone is no different than having a conversation with another person in your car. Using Spotify or GPS on the phone is no more dangerous (and probably actually safer) than adjusting the radio/gps that’s built into the dashboard.

    Grooming? Yeah sure… you shouldn’t be cutting your hair or shaving while driving… I never knew that was an issue in the first place…

    Eating? Kinda depends on the food… if I’ve got a snack bag of pretzels in the cup holder, I don’t see a problem… if somebody is trying to eat a messy burger with 2 hands while driving with their knee, then they’re a serious danger to people around them.

    Drinking? I’m going to assume we’re talking about alcohol here and that’s already illegal (and rightfully so)… but if they’re making it illegal to have a water bottle in the car, that’s fucking retarded.

    Smoking? I don’t smoke, so I don’t know if it’s a distraction… I can’t imagine that it’s more of a distraction than the billboards along the side of the road. Though I will say that some asshole flinging his lit cigarette butt out the window should result in an automatic suspension of their license.

  35. HeIIo1

    July 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Good! Cars are dangerous enough without your full attention. I think more should be done though. i think when cars are moving your radio, and a/c, and your phone should lock up so you can’t put others at risk while messing with your buttons. Hell, in a perfect world cars wouldn’t have a radio, cell phones would be kept in a locked box while in a vehicle and the car’s temperature would be kept at an unchangable 65 degrees.

    In an even more perfect world all cars would be self driving, top out at a speed of 45 mph, disabling safety features would be a felony, all cars would be the same make and model with 3 colours to choose from.

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