Yesterday morning, I perked up as I spotted good ol’ Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans driving onto P Street NW, presumably headed for a tough day of council labor. I waved to the guy but got no acknowledgment.
Perhaps he didn’t see me, and for a bad reason: He had a cell phone planted in his left ear!
Fine that councilmember, please. After all, he should know damn well that his very employer—-the D.C. Council, that is—-passed a hands-free driving bill that sought to outlaw just this scenario.
The hypocrisy factor, however, is a bit mitigated by this statement from Evans, issued at the time the hands-free thing passed: “I am not a fan of this law, but it’s inevitable with the technological advances we constantly see. I only hope this law will produce a decrease in accidents caused by distractions.” Evans did vote for the legislation; its lone dissenter was Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham.