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Canada’s Transportation Minister was quoted as saying; â€œSure, talking on a cell phone while driving is dangerous but there are many other activities occurring that are just as dangerous if not more-so.â€ â€œFor example the other day I was almost side-swiped by a man that was completely distracted while picking his nose, and I donâ€™t mean just a nose scratch – he was in up to his knuckleâ€.
Toronto, Canada – December 5, 2011
For those of you not following the news over in the Great White North I will fill you in a little bit. Last year the â€˜distracted drivingâ€™ law came into effect, where-as you are not able to talk on a cell phone while driving without the risk of incurring a fine of up to $500. It seems one Canadian politician wants to take it one step further!
Jim Bradlley (Ontarioâ€™s transportation minister) made this statement last Thursday after telling reporters he was proud of the new legislation he helped draft.Â As they walked away he mentioned his plans to make this law much more encompassing in the near future. He was quoted as saying; â€œSure, talking on a cell phone while driving is dangerous but there are many other activities occurring during driving that are just as dangerous if not more-so.â€ â€œFor example the other day I was almost side-swiped by a man that was completely distracted while picking his nose, and I donâ€™t mean just a nose scratch – he was in up to his knuckleâ€.
He continued, “There has been testing done that has shown that picking your nose while driving is even more dangerous than using a cell phone because of the high occurrences of physical injury while conducting this type of behavior.” ” I would like to see all types of distractions lead to a hefty fine, my advice for this particular offense would be an $850 fine.”
At least one politician finds those comments worrying. â€œEveryone should realize there is no place this government will not go intruding into private lives,â€ Conservative MPP Randy Hillier said. He went on to say, â€œwhat is next? No eating broccoli with dinner due to the possibility of passing of gas into the atmosphere thereby increasing global warming?â€
Experts have questioned the effectiveness of distracted driving laws. In other jurisdictions they have not always changed driversâ€™ habits. After an initial reduction in New York, for example, cellphone use was reportedly back to pre-ban rates within one year.
The insurance industry says the new law is a good first step in making distracted driving socially unacceptable. In fact Bill Crespen of Waldenâ€™s Insurance says, â€œpersonally we would like to see all distractions result in large fines, whether it is picking your nose, applying make-up or talking on a cell phone – they can all potentially kill youâ€.
A Mesa dad turned on the family clothes dryer with his son still inside — and he did it on purpose, cops say.Â The 1-year-old boy had been sitting inside the dryer with the door open, which the young family thought was “cute,” according to a Mesa police news release. When the boy’s mother left the laundry area to grab a camera, the boy’s father — 19-year-old Jose Rocha (pictured) — closed the dryer door and turned the appliance on, police say.
The kid began screaming and was soon rescued, suffering a few bumps and bruises. Family members were so outraged that they called the cops. Rocha was booked into jail on suspicion of child abuse.Â Good job that his own family turned him in, no doubt the guy is a psycho!
This name may not be immediately familiar, but you’d probably recognize Yarrow’s voice if he sang “Puff, the Magic Dragon.” As one-third of the folk outfit Peter, Paul and Mary, Yarrow dominated the music and protest scenes of the 1960s.
Yarrow had legions of young fans, but unfortunately, some were a bit too young. In 1970 he was convicted of taking “improper liberties” with a 14-year-old fan, an error for which he spent three months in jail. On his last day in office, though, Jimmy Carter granted Yarrow a pardon.
Yarrow, for his part, admitted he made a huge mistake and later contritely said, “It was an era of real indiscretion and mistakes by categorically male performers. I was one of them. I got nailed. I was wrong. I’m sorry for it.” I would bet my pay cheque that it was not the first time Yarrow took liberties with a minor.
Only in the USA – police say a 4-year-old boy in southern Ohio shot his babysitter because the sitter accidentally stepped on his foot. Police said 18-year-old Nathan Beavers and several other teenagers were babysitting several young children in a mobile home in Jackson on Sunday when the shooting occurred.
Witnesses told police the 4-year-old retrieved the shotgun from a bedroom closet and shot Beavers. Police said the child was angry because Beavers accidentally stepped on his foot.
Beavers was hospitalized with minor pellet wounds to his arm and side.
Police say another teen was also injured with shotgun pellets.
Jackson County Sheriff John Shashteen said authorities are investigating the shooting. The child has not been charged.Â I thought a fourÂ year olds shoulder would pop off if he discharged a shotgun.