The Los Angeles Department of Transporation (LADOT) announced today that it has plans to create a bumpered “texting lane” along the I-10 and 101 Expressways.
“This is a necessary step we must take as a community to ensure public safety,” said LADOT spokesman Damien Gazelle, noting that educational campaigns about the dangers of texting while driving have failed to curb the ubiquitous behavior.
“Our roads are filled with millennials raised in front of a cellphone screen. We cannot realistically expect these young drivers not to text and drive,” said Mr Gazelle. “The bumpered texting lane is our attempt to mitigate the dangers of texting while driving and is a plan that we believe will save thousands of lives.”
LADOT says it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with a national road consultant to draft plans for installing bumpers along the side of the left lane of the I-10 and 101, an improvement expected to cost Los Angeles upwards of $200 million dollars. The department says it has already started to assess the viability of installing additional texting lanes on other LA thoroughfares.
Sixteen-year-old Harvard Westlake student Kelsey Hansford said she supported the new lane, admitting that she has already been in eight minor traffic accidents caused by phone-related inattentiveness since receiving her S-Class Mercedes at her Sweet-Sixteen party last February. The young driver noted, however, that “only old people text” and questioned whether the lanes could also be used for drivers “shooting TikToks” or “Instagramming cute traffic pics.” She also noted that she was “not distracted” as evidenced by her Adderall prescription.
The Avocado reached out to the LAPD to ask whether the texting lanes would also be available to drivers who were making TikTok videos, Instagramming, or watching Quibi. After questioning whether anyone will ever actually watch Quibi, a local law enforcement officer then advised The Avocado that highway officers will have quite a lot of discretion about who can or cannot use the new lanes, and noted that individual decisions will likely come down to the officer’s mood and the driver’s race.