Friday, May 22, 2009

Cell phone driving - What's your IQ?!

This afternoon, I was driving back to work from lunch and I was talking on cell phone. No hands-free, no speaker phone. Regular hand held style. State-law here restricts usage of hand-held phones while driving. I saw a cop in distance and immediately switched to speaker phone.

A strange thought occured to Kabali. He has been driving cars for about 6 years now. He loves driving so much and believes strongly if one loves to do an activity, one performs well in that field. Also, because of cell phone driving, he has never committed any mistakes such as having the car shift lanes without control nor run over the curb nor miss a traffic light.

But not all people may be good at such multi-tasking. Some people do screw up. It was mentioned in the web somewhere that more than 30% of accidents in the UK last year were due to cell phone driving.

Kabali's argument is that the IQ level of such people must be quite low. Yes, IQ level!

Here is his recommendation: When a cop pulls over, he should conduct a quick IQ test on the driver. If the IQ level is good enough, the cop could conclude that the person is capable of multi-tasking without any problems and should let the driver go. If the IQ level is low, then he can issue a violation ticket for cell phone driving.

I'm basing the argument on the logic that every single human being is different and that their capability on doing different things vary too. Having said that, I don't understand how the law and order can be so generalised. Atleast in areas where it could be customized for people, it should be.

Kabali honestly thinks so.

15 comments:

Amar said...

At the same time, legalize drunken driving too. Even my IQ is high compared to others.

Nandini Vishwanath said...

Hmm... the problems is arguments such as the above. Also, while your thought is indeed logical for people like me who follow the rules very strictly but break them once in a while which is purely circumstantial, the idea of penalizing for a crime based on IQ is not right. Simply coz there are brilliant people out there with just a apathetic attitude towards the law and the people in general.

Based on IQ, we should let a lot of our politicians do what they want. And Osama Bin laden is probably getting away for everything :)

rosemilkinabottle said...

podangu! :P

Anonymous said...

Moral of the Story : Never , Never talk on the cell phone while driving, whatever random totally useless utterly pointless theories are out there.

narendra shenoy said...

Initially atleast, many people will suffer anxiety attacks when the cop pulls them over and asks them that Mary is twice as old as Ann was when Mary was as old as Ann is now, so if Mary is twentyfour, how old is Ann. But it will be fun.

Amar said...

@narendra - They should ask that question when one is talking on Cell phone :-) similar to drunken driving thing. Haha. That will be the real fun.

maxdavinci said...

amen brother!

don't listen to the ladeej....

N.V.Prashanth said...

pudhiya thathuvam 10004

Jegu said...

Have you heard of this???
யானைக்கும் அடி சறுக்கும்.. !!!!!

BTW, What's the IQ level for COP?

Preeti said...

Hehe...i think i belong to the multi-tasking gumbal..my dad freaks out everytime i even look at the phone while drivin...uhm, he may just be right considerin i just started drivin ;)

I said...

On the mobile when being mobile? ellam innum konja nalaiku dhan. Booma devi...

The Messenger of Nemesis said...

Knock! Knock!
Hi Arun...I'm new in ur blog.

I totally agree with the IQ testing part...and for Drink & Drive issue...hmmm..while issueing the driving license something required to do...like drink & drive test...

Saran said...

Hi Arun,

Some of them will be high IQ but at the other end they will forget the happenings around them. They will be floating in a third world. They will be able to answer and even mess the cop with their IQ.
As you said if such a Rule is passed, then there could be a "Question Bank" with answers selling in all the shops.
But I love your way of thinking Arun!!!

foreigndesi said...

Haha, Before all that was banned here my dad would reply to EMAILS while driving. I'm sure he has a high IQ :P

driftingaway said...

The fact that he gets caught, in itself, shows his IQ isn't high enough to get away with it. Why waste time with the IQ tests then?