I have a theory that the reason traffic was so stupid this morning is because everyone was getting their last legal texting in before the new driving laws go into effect tomorrow. AAA of Southern California has a run down on the legal changes. Most are fee increases; it seems that Sacramento is attempting to balance the books by raising the fines for tickets and the cost of driving school. There are, however, a couple of new laws: In addition to the emailing and texting ban that you’ve probably already heard about, new regulations about the positioning of GPS devices also go into effect. (If they are affixed to the windshield they need to be in the lower right- or lower left-hand corner.) Sadly, there is not yet a regulation on simple douchebaggery. Perhaps in 2010.
(Hammered phone photo courtesy of jzlomek.)