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What Was OK in 1994 is No Longer OK in 2014

Kurt Parsons

The year is 1994. You are 17 years old, using your bag cell phone, driving 40 miles an hour on Broadway in Quincy, smoking a cigarette, heading to a tanning place to make your skin golden brown in January. Suddenly, you look in your rear view mirror and there is a police car with its lights on signaling for you to pull over.

The officer gets out and asks for your driver’s license and registration. While he checks it, you finish your cigarette and toss the butt out of the car into the street. The officer comes back says he clocked you going 40 in a 30 and hands you your license and registration and suggests you not throw a lighted cigarette butt out the window because it is quite dry and a fire could occur, even in January. He then says, “You might want to slow it down a little bit, OK?. And hey, how does that bag phone work?” You tell him “great” and thank him for not giving you a ticket.

Now lets fast forward 20 years to 2014 under the same scenario. The officer says “I got you clocked going 40 in a 30. Where are you going in such a hurry?”  You, flip out your cigarette butt into the street, put your cell phone down in the seat next to you and tell him you are headed to the tanning salon. His response is “You are in violation of speeding, illegal usage of a cell phone, littering with a cigarette butt, and you will be illegally using a tanning device if you get in one at the tanning salon.”

My, how times have changed. What was OK 20 years ago isn’t anymore. Just think how things will be ten years from now in 2024? It’s a little scary, isn’t it?

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