Back in the 1990s I used to spend a lot of time on the road between Dublin and Waterford. Often my boss drove. In those pre-motorway days his speed rarely dipped below 80 mph, and he always seemed to have a mobile phone clamped to his ear. Even then I thought that was a bit mad. So I fully support the idea of not talking and driving - or texting while driving.
But not holding a mobile phone at all? Without my phone to guide me I'll be back to having a map spread out on the steering wheel. But that's okay, obviously.
And twitter has solved my traffic jam anxiety, as it gives me something to look at when the queue of cars stops moving. How will I now avoid road rage? Maybe I'll take up smoking again. Oh wait, they've banned that too.
So what else could they ban?
...All Mobile devices. Because whatever you do, they make noise - an alarm might go off you know. Today with the Gards doing their clampdown, I had to reach into the back of the car, get my bag, undo the zip and then pass it to my son to take out the mobile phone and cancel the alarm!
...Children. They can scream, kick, throw things, fight, or demand without stopping for hours. Very dangerous while driving.
...Food and drink. Because clearly it's much better to feel dizzy and sick with hunger and thirst than to take a sip or a bite.
...Radio/CD players. Because you should be concentrating on the road, not your favourite song.
...Election posters. Now there's one ban I could support. Thousands went up today in advance of the Irish local and European elections in May, and I'm sure I wasn't the only person looking at them.
If you have any ideas, I'd love to know...
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