So a woman from Nevada received a $200 ticket and points on her license for…putting on lip balm while driving. More precisely, she was at a red light. This, as the Nevada highway cop who pulled her over said, is because “we have zero tolerance for distracted drivers.” Indeed, it seems we have zero tolerance for pretty much everything these days. From The Daily Mail:
She said: ‘I told him it was ChapStick.
‘He said, ”It could have been anything; you could have been drinking water, shaving your legs.”’
The ticket caused Fragoso to receive points against her driving record.
The crackdown is part of a campaign for the state to have zero driving fatalities in 2015, CBS Las Vegas reported.
The “zero driving fatalities” plan sounds like utopian cant, the product of some state technocrat’s lust for billable hours. Now, I think texting while driving is indeed dangerous, and the self-absorbed perpetual teenagers who engage in it ought to be punished. But applying some lip balm? Lipstick, yes, because it requires precision (or so I’ve observed).
And what if she had been drinking water? Can we turn on the radio? Sneeze?
Even if you do think lip balm is distracting, expect this kind of thing to continue until we’re not allowed to talk to other passengers.
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