California Enacts Feel-Good Legislation, But What Else Is New
California's ban on holding a cell phone while driving went into effect today. As Lauren Weinstein notes, there is no evidence that hands-free cell phones are any less distracting than hand-held ones. Nor have states which have enacted similar laws seen reduced accident rates (or for that matter, much compliance.) But "something must be done", I guess.
Larry Lessig thinks government can't get the "easy cases" right because of the corrupting influence of money. I think this is a perfect example of why that's not the whole story.