Ohio Senator Drives During Zoom Call While Discussing Distracted Driving Ban
Welcome to an abject case in hypocrisy
Oh, boy, this is gonna be stupid: there's a senator in Ohio who went on a Zoom meeting that talks about a distracted driving law while driving. I didn't stutter.
This little slice of irony has been circulating for about four days now after an initial report from the Columbus Dispatch on 3 May, which shows Andrew Brenner (R-Delaware) clearly trying and failing to hide the fact that he's both on video call and driving his car at the same time.
Brenner starts innocently enough, with his car still parked at the start of the call. But as the meeting progressed (full footage here), he turns his camera on and off repeatedly, trying to set up the background to ensure it doesn't look like he's driving while on a telecommute or anything silly like that.
Now, this would have been mostly a novelty if he just let it slide -- for the most part, the other participants didn't bat an eyelid -- but Brenner's defence of his actions only make it worse.
“I wasn’t distracted. I was paying attention to the driving and listening to it,” Brennerreckons, adding that this is something he normally does. "Phone calls for the most part but on video calls, I'm not paying attention to the video. To me, it's like a phone call."
But that's just an egghead take if you think about it, really. It's even doubly idiotic considering the law he was deliberating on. House Bill 283 (screenshot above) wants to ban "writing, sending or reading texts, viewing videos or taking photos, live streaming and using applications while driving." You and I can tell that Brenner did just that, and yet somehow, he gets to have a say in this matter. Rather strange, doesn't it?
Naturally, just about every commenter is ripping Brenner a new one after this stunt of his. And why wouldn't anyone be? People have been ticketed for far less, and the rationalization didn't help Brenner's case at all -- if anything, that just proves them right.