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California: A glimpse of our future?

Post by Cheryl Tucker on April 17, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
April 16, 2010 3:54 pm

I recently took a spring break trip to Southern California and came away with two main impressions.

First, is everyone in California getting some kind of plastic surgery? If not, I don’t know how the huge numbers of surgeons are making money.

Ads for plastic surgery procedures are everywhere – on billboards, buses and benches. The local papers are full of them. (Hmmm….that could be a new source of revenue for The News Tribune, if only Northwesterners were as vain as Californians apparently are.)

Second, the tough primary offense law against cell phone use while driving appears to be working. I hardly saw anyone using a hand-held phone behind the wheel (unlike here, where every other driver seems to feel the need to be on the phone).

The down side, however, is that a lot of people walk around in California wearing their Bluetooth and other hands-free phone devices. I guess we have that to look forward to when Washington’s primary offense law kicks in June 10. Police won’t need to have another reason then to pull over drivers who are calling or texting in order to give them a $124 ticket.

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