From the “coming soon to America” file is this from the U.K.:

Drivers who are caught smoking at the wheel will now face three points on their licence, a £60 spot fine and a large climb in their car insurance premiums following changes to the Highway Code, it has been warned.

Those habitually caught smoking and driving will be stripped of their car insurance altogether, which will of course save them enough money to be able to afford to smoke more. How Kool!

In many areas of the U.S., it’s already illegal to smoke with kids in the car, but it won’t be long before our national nanny extends her reach to include the use of a legal and non-intoxicating substance while driving. And besides, if I’m paying my car insurer to look out for my health, they’d better pick up my hospital bills as a result. Yeah, sure.

The day will soon come when there won’t be many of us left who are old enough to remember when car insurance had something to do with our cars and driving performance.

And it won’t end with smoking. It’ll extend to eating while driving, not having your hands precisely at 10 and 2, and scratching your head. Before too long, the very act of existing will be reason enough for you to be stripped of your money and freedom. Heck, it already is in many areas of formerly free countries.


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