The bill would fine driver’s up to $800 for doing anything “unrelated to the operation of the vehicle, in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle.” The problem is with the vagueness of the law. Where is the line drawn? The way it’s written, a driver would be fined for eating a banana in traffic. The article lists an example of a woman in England who was cited for just that. However, the bill is really aimed at protecting drivers who are the victims of distracted drivers. While the law seems draconian, it will probably only affect those drivers who caused accidents, or who are obviously not paying attention while driving. With any of these broad laws, there is the possibility for abuse. With self driving cars on the horizon, is this measure, however short term, necessary to increase traffic safety?
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Cite: Vivian Yee, The New York Times, 8/17/2016