Did you know its illegal to drive in DC while talking on your phone?
In January 2004, the DC City Council passed the Distracted Driving Act 12-1. Amongst those voting in favor of it was Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans.
Since that time (it actually became effective over the Summer of 2004), Chuck Ramsey and his cronies in the Metro DC Police Department have been issuing tickets left and right to motorists who make the mistake of answering their cell phones while driving. Its turned into a giant cash cow for the perpetually cash strapped DC government.
Well, I guess you would image my surprise as I sat in a taxi cab today driving down H street - from Connecticut Ave to NY Ave - at about 11:10 a.m. and watched as Council Member Jack Evans sat behind the wheel of his swerving black Chrysler Sebring Convertible with DC License Plates that said simply DC COUNCIL WARD 2 in the lane next to us chatting on a cell phone the whole way and almost causing an accident. Needless to say, the cop we passed at the corner of H and 15th paid no notice to Mr. Evan's lawlessness.
Its times like this I wish I had a camera phone - but of course the cop would have probably arrested me.