Mark Gritter (markgritter) wrote,
Mark Gritter
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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.

Bonus reading material (well, if you happen to have a New Scientist subscription): Running Societies the Rational Way. Bigger quote here.
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