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Fed up with cell phone laws

How many times have you been in the middle of a conversation either in the morning or in the late afternoon, only to have to hang up because you’re about to drive through a school zone? I’m not one to complain about laws, and there have been many times when I have used the school zone excuse as a way to end a conversation. Other times though, I’ll be in the middle of a very important rant to one of the people who, even after my tangents still allow me to call them my best friends, when I’ll have to stop or risk getting a ticket.

In California, there is a law against having a cell phone in your hand while driving, which I would have even more trouble following because that’s the best time of the day to talk on the phone. But I apparently wouldn’t be alone; even the governor’s wife can’t avoid breaking a law that he signed. The celebrity-focused Web site TMZ.com posted pictures of the Golden State’s first lady, Maria Shriver, with a cell phone at her ear.

I don’t usually care when celebrities do something stupid, but if the wife of the man who signed the law can’t even follow it, it makes me wonder if I’m the only one who is less than enthusiastic about putting down their cell phone for the five minutes it takes to go through the school zone.

Lauren Smart is a junior creative writing major. She can be reached for comment at [email protected].

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