Safe driving cannot Be legislated
Wins with Flynn’s Bill' (Editorial,
October 14, 2006)
The Hamilton Spectator,
Saturday, October 21, 2006
interviewed MPP John O'Toole prior to the second reading
of his bill, and more recently I interviewed MPP Kevin Flynn.
Indeed their efforts are noble and of a worthy cause.
I tend to agree
with the N.D.P. that Flynn's bill discriminates against young
people. A deeper look into causes of crashes will show that
the greater number of people who are not teens tend to be
in collisions involving the use of handheld electronic devices.
Be it a cellphone, a BlackBerry or MP3 players, it is in
use by all.
Whether speeding, failing to stop at
stop signs, talking on cellphones or any other the action,
it is unfortunate that the general population, while driving,
takes the attitude that it is illegal only if you are caught.
These proposed laws are well intentioned
but regrettably are unenforceable.
Too many people misbehave.
To enforce these laws would be an immensely expensive exercise
for the police. It is another example of making a law that
cannot be enforced.
Under the Highway Traffic Act there are
charges for careless driving and/or undue care and operation
of a motor vehicle. This is almost a blank cheque that the
investigating officer can use in charging an offender. Is
this enough? Maybe. However this is not a pre-emptive action
but an after-the-fact when an offense has already been committed.
are in an age where many new drivers have not known a world
without these electronic devices. The only real and lasting
solution is to get it into peoples' heads that driving
is a skilled task requiring constant care and concentration.
Regrettably this step cannot be legislated.
Dez Miklòs jr., Hamilton, host
of "Say Dez" on CFMU radio show about safe driving and associated