Young people who text while driving are a menace to themselves and others. Here’s a punishment that might actually deter them.
It’s not for the squeamish, and it will no doubt be lambasted by human rights groups and child shrinks for being too harsh. But the punishment not only fits the crime – it’s a win-win for everyone involved.
Confine offenders to an Amtrak Quiet Car.
Yes, it’s severe, some would say even brutal, but the idea deserves a fair trial.
In these rail cars people are not allowed to talk on their cell phones, and all conversations must be carried out quietly “in a library-like atmosphere.”
The stuff of nightmares for young people.
The length of confinement would match the seriousness of the crime and the miscreant’s age. At the low end of the scale a kid might be forced to occupy the Quiet Car from Washington DC to Boston, a journey of about seven hours. More serious offences would be sentenced to longer trips; how about sitting in the Quiet Car for the 24-hour trip between Philadelphia and Miami?
Tough love indeed.
But that’s not all. The offenders would also have to pay the fare. This makes the punishment even harsher while earning extra revenue for cash-strapped Amtrak.
Will the experience leave these kids physiologically scarred? Maybe, but the accidents caused by texting while behind the wheel can be a lot worse.
We could also force offenders to eat Amtrak bagels, but that’s probably going too far.