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February 3, 2009
Has a cell phone company dared Montana to eliminate its roadside attractions?
It sure sounds that way in Helena, Montana, where the legislature is considering banning the use of cell phones by drivers across the state.
The Great Falls Tribune quotes a cell phone lobbyist who argues that drivers may indeed be distracted by their cell phones, but they’re distracted by other things as well, such as tourist attractions.
“Perhaps,” she says, “that is something to think about before we have statewide bans on just one type of distracted driving.”
This kind of double-or-nothing approach may work in a casino, but you’ll never find that casino if Montana takes down its rifle-toting Muffler Man. The cell phone company is using brinksmanship, a failed relic of the Cold War (unlike good relics such as Montana’s Radon Health Mines) — and even worse, it’s Moron Brinksmanship. What next — ban distracting cloud formations and sunsets?
It’s unworthy of a state that once let you break the sound barrier with your car.
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