Starting at midnight tonight, driving in California will never be the same . A new law goes into
effect that will cost you dearly if you are caught holding a cell phone
while driving a car. Since people in California spend an inordinate
amount of time in their cars, not only are they second homes, but have now become personal phone
booths. I can't tell you how many people drive and talk on their phones
at the same time, and I admit I am just as guilty. But now I have a
real excuse for not answering my phone while driving. I don't want to
contribute any more of my money to the State of California's treasury. For some strange reason, you are still allowed to text while driving, or I should say the law just hasn't caught up with texting since it has just become a verb in the last year.
This will be a real test and the winner will be the State of
California and the manufacturers of Blue Tooth headsets. For the past
month, there has been a run on sales for mobile headsets and I heard from
a friend who waited till tonight to get one, that every store she went
to was sold out. She was finally able to find one selling for ten times more than
the average, but decided that she would take it back when she saw how
much work there was in getting it set up. For someone who didn't even
know that her cell had a speaker, it was a little overwhelming.
As much as I despise people driving while talking on their cells, and the past ten times I have almost been in an accident it was because of someone on a cell, I despise the Blue Tooth Headset even more. I hate using it, because I can never figure out how to transfer back to my phone. But most of all, I especially hate being in a store, on the street or in any public place and think that someone is talking to me, only to reply and realize that they are talking to the phone in their ear. They really had no intention of sharing all the details of their sex life with a complete stranger on the street, but actually they just did. Now that everyone has to have one anyway, there will be more and more annoying people walking around sharing their conversations with everyone around them. The good news is that you can now talk to yourself and no one will know the difference.