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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Legislator wants to ban cell phones at gas pumps

There's nothing like a draconian solution to a nonexistent problem:
You can't talk and drive in some areas. Now, one Connecticut lawmaker wants to make it illegal to talk and pump. State Sen. Andrea Stillman, D-Waterford, wants drivers to hang-up their cell phones when they fill up their cars. She said warnings on gas pumps say using a cell phone could cause an electrical discharge that might ignite gas fumes. However, Stillman said there are no penalties. The legislature's Judiciary Committee heard testimony Monday on her bill that would impose a $250 fine on people who use their cellular phones while pumping gas. "People just do not pay attention to the notices that are displayed for their protection and of course we sometimes believe that these dangerous events cannot possibly happen," Stillman said
You know why we think that, Andrea? Because a cell phone has never started a gas pump fire. Ever.

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