Town Makes Driving With Kids in the Car Illegal! (Sort Of)

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The town of Huron, South Dakota, has become one of the latest to ban texting while driving. The City Commission approved the ordinance on Monday night to become one of the countless places across the country to outlaw the practice.

This particular ordinance has a twist though: It also bans “distracted driving.” Distracted drivers are ones that may be doing anything from eating pizza to reading a newspaper while driving, according to Mayor Dave McGirr.

Anyone else think it’s a big jump from eating pizza to reading a newspaper? Who reads a newspaper while cruising down the highway? That’s just stupid. We don’t need laws for stupidity.

Anyway, I have a question for the Huron City Commission: What am I supposed to do with my kids when I need to run some errands? And how exactly are they supposed to get to school in the morning or practices in the afternoon? What about moms of crying babies, should they just leave them at home, so as not to be “distracted” while driving?

I am way more distracted while driving when I have my kids in the car. In the mornings, I’m usually trying to quiz my fourth-grader for whatever test she has that day, begging my pre-kindergartener to please-for-the-love-of-everything-holy put her shoes on, gulping down a Red Bull while putting my hair into a ponytail, and rifling through their backpacks in the front seat to make sure they have all their stuff.

Compared to that, eating a slice of pizza would be a piece of cake.

Distracted driving is not the issue -- dangerous driving is. I know when I’m distracted by the goings-on in my vehicle, so I make extra certain to keep a keen eye on the road. I don’t tailgate anyone. I check my blind spots. I do my best to stay safe and keep my kids safe.

We already have laws against unsafe driving -- let’s work on enforcing those before we enact one outlawing eating while driving. Heck, some days the only time I do have to eat is while I’m in the car. Besides, what will happen to the drive-thru? Who can resist sneaking at least a couple of those hot, fresh fries right out of the bag as you pull away from the window? Not me.

Prediction for the future if we continue down this path: Banning chewing gum and walking at the same time. Multitasking is hard and we wouldn’t want anyone walking into a pole or low-hanging branch.

 Do you get distracted with your kids in the car?

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Jason Raymond

Yes. I love this. Nicely done.

Lilyp... Lilypad523

I would argue that we do need laws for stupidity ;)

Sierr... SierraLynn

I would suggest waking up a little earlier to get yourself and your kids ready, instead of doing it in the car in the way to school.

No, I really don't. I have a 3 year old and a 3 month old. The 3 year old I make sure is 100% ready before we go somewhere. And if the baby starts crying, she will have to wait till I stop the car. I cannot try to comfort her while driving.

divam... divamomtjcj

only when they fight

Angie... AngieHayes

I saw a guy rearend another car the other day, the dude was sitting in the car eating a hamburger and didn't even bother to get out and look at it with the guy he hit.... they should just take away cars and use another system of transportation.

Kdupes Kdupes

Well Sierralynn , thank GOD for people like you to inform us morons that the kids had to be 100% ready before we leave the house. I don't know why I never thought of that, you should run for Mayor or something !

Kdupes Kdupes

Oh , and I don't think she meant actively " comforting" the baby while driving . I believe she meant the sheer act of a baby screaming in the car is tremendously distracting in itself.

But I'm sure you have never encountered that b/c your infant is 100% ready for their car trip......

no pooping for you until we get back home !!

PonyC... PonyChaser

No husbands in the car, either. In fact, NOTHING in the car. No other passengers. No radio. No heater/air conditioner. No speedometer (don't want you taking your eyes off the road). NOTHING.


And then what will they do when accidents happen? ban the cars themselves?


This is as stupid as the gun control debate. Stop trying to legislate safety. Life is a risk. Get used to it.

wamom223 wamom223

Wow I didn't know this was a mommy war issue.  I was going to say I haven't been distracting by my son since he was a baby and would cry.  He had reflux so I had to pull over a lot to clean him up but yeah I got distracted.  The most dangerous distraction I've ever had though was a sneeze.  I was really sick and it rocked my world and I actually swerved.  It really freaked me out but I was alone and no one was on the road so no big deal.  My point is we can try to cut out all the distractions we can and there will always be something.  I think Jenny was trying to say that her unavoidable distraction is her kids. 

areyo... areyouatroll

Obviously we need this law since you think its ok to eat,, rifle through things in the passenger seat, etc. while driving.



'We don’t need laws for stupidity.' - unfortunately, your article proves we do.



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