In my home state of Massachusetts, they're trying to pass a law against the idiotic practice of texting while driving. (Hope I didn't offend any of you readers just now, but then again, if you are one of those who does this... What the hell is wrong with you?!?)
They're suggesting that heavy fines be levied against convicted offenders: $100 for the first offense, $250 for the second, and $500 for the third. They didn't mention a penalty for a fourth offense, but knowing that a lot of traffic violations occur without being seen by the police, if you text so damned much that you've actually been caught doing it three times, you'll probably be involved in a fatal accident before that fourth time rolls around.
Well, fines are fine -- ha-freakin'-ha -- but I think they should just break the offenders' fingers, so they can neither text nor drive for a bit. The length of the "sentence" would be determined by how long it took the fingers to heal.
And while it's true that older people heal less quickly than younger ones, that's pretty fitting, too, iffen ya think about it. If you're seventeen, I can almost -- almost! -- excuse your youthful ignorance. If you're forty, you really should know better than do pull this sort of stupid stunt while you're behind the wheel.
And if you're sixty-five or older... I'd have to ask you what I usually wonder whenever I see someone elderly who behaves -- and very likely went through life before now behaving -- like a total moron: "How the hell did you get to be this old, being this dumb?"
Thanks for your time.