KLAS (CBS Las Vegas) reports that a Las Vegas woman is complaining after receiving a $200 traffic ticket for applyingg ChapStick lip balm on her lips while driving. State Trooper Lloyd Hixson cited her under a local ordinance categorized as Full Time Attention.
I have attached the article here because the story seemed a bit unusual in driving safety enforcement. I thought it was like the old folklore story of the man who was supposedly cited after he got up from his Winnebago driver’s seat and caused a car crash. As the story goes, he put the vehicle on cruise control to go back and make a sandwich.
This is not like the old Winnebago sandwich story. It really is true.
According to the Trooper (Hixson), each ticket is issued on a case by case basis. Their intent is to stop distracted drivers and get their attention. According to Hixson, “One time I was driving down the highway and I saw a lady watching a movie on her iPad, and the iPad was attached to her steering wheel with Velcro”.
I guess that Velcro incident made him intolerant of Lip Balm and driving.
So, that’s the story of distraction and ChapStick. It seems pretty tough to lump that in with texting and driving but these national headlines may have a beneficial effect toward distracted driving.
And for pic o’ day, I can’t remember if I have posted this “Curmudgeon” before, but he makes me laugh: