Friday, January 01, 2010

Dear Tina Derby of New Hampshire...

Right now, millions of people across the country are reading the Associated Press story about new state laws taking effect today. And while reading that story they are shaking their collective heads in anger. The article discusses the ban on texting while driving enacted in your home state of New Hampshire. In the article, you are very adamant in your refusal to have any part of this ban! No! You're bold, you're standing up for your rights by insisting that you won't be discontinuing the practice. When told of the $100 fine for texting while driving, you replied, "I'd better start saving my money."

Along with that story was a photo of you behind the wheel on the highway, texting with both hands while not even holding the steering wheel. Nobody's going to tell you what to do eh?

I thought to myself, "she can't be serious?!"

But the photo makes it pretty clear you mean business.

The other drivers on the road who are just trying to get to and from work, drop their kids off at school, take their dog to the vet, or heading for a family vacation, not to mention the pedestrians like the kids crossing the street to get to school, the homeless people and their shopping carts, the old lady walking her dog, all of them would really appreciate if you would keep both hands on the wheel and pay attention to what's going on around you. It's really not much to ask right? And this isn't aimed just at you but all the other people out there who think there's something more interesting going on on their cell phone than on the road around them (be they driver, pedestrian or cyclist!)

It's unfortunate that state governments have to create a law such as this, as if we need more government intrusion into our lives. But the reason this law was created was because citizens and law enforcement just had enough of this kind of behavior. The problem with this law is that there isn't a harsh enough punishment to deter the dangerous behavior. As is evident in your remarks, a $100 fine is no big deal. Chances are that if the punishment included a night or two in jail, that would get your attention. Of course people would sue, claiming that it is hardship to spend a night in jail, and there's always some attorney out there willing to make a name for himself by fighting for a person's right to be stupid.

The way I see it, you can do whatever you want with your own life, but you don't have the right to make that decision for others.


  1. Oh my God! I am beyond words! I can only pray that the life that will be affected by this will only be her own (and all we sane people know that someone's life will someday be affected by her wanton stupidity and complete disregard for everyone else.). I am outraged!

  2. Anonymous1/01/2010

    Jessica, you nailed this one. WTF...I'm all for preserving my rights, but those do not include recklessly endangering others. This woman is an idiot, clearly. Maybe she was just going for her 15 minutes of fame?

    BTW, got the card...awesome! Thank you.

  3. marfor71/03/2010

    Jessica as a long time Police Officer from everywhere USA, I can only applaude your response to the rights conscience citizen who is so concerned about what she will lose in the form of texting while driving. You hit home for many who will read your BLOG. She should not wonder about any leagal ramifications of her actions but most importantly how her actions or inactions will affect her neighbors that have the misfortune of driving next to her. Not wishing her bad karma but...what if the only life she alters is her own! Think about that MAD BLOG TEXTER! Thanks Jess you are the bomb!

  4. Anonymous1/08/2010

    The b*tch is trying to do damage control now, acting like it was all a minunderstanding and posting links on her website to articles about how dangerous it is to drive while texting. Stupid c*nt.

  5. too little too late.

    How's that fifteen minutes of fame working out for ya Tina?