Readers, if you don't take the time to read Peter King on SI.com each week, you are missing the most socially aware and valuable sports columnist in America.
(No, we aren't columnists, so that doesn't include us. But good question.)
In his most recent MMQB, King related an experience he witnessed in the parking lot a NJ mall. To condense his descriptive imagery and breath taking writing, we will sum it up thusly:
Lady in minivan driving. Lady in Audi on phone not paying attention. Angry lady get out of minivan. Yells at lady in Audi, who is on cell phone. Cell phone is reason that Audi lady was distracted.
At this point in the column, King is just a reporter. Relaying the events as they unravelled. Giving us the details of the situation. But that quickly changes.
King becomes relevant social commentator.
"I find myself cheering on minivan woman. Where's the enforcement of the cell-phone laws in some states, the ones that mandate users not be holding the phone while driving?"
And Peter brings up a valid and enormously important point.
This incident should have never gotten to the point that a lady had to get out of her minivan to flip off another driver. A driver on a cell phone. It should have never happened.
The state of NJ has banned driving while using a hand held cell phone.
In doing so, the state assumed the responsibility of ensuring that drivers comply with the edict. As Peter points out, that's called enforcement.
If the state is going to make it illegal to do, they should allocate the appropriate number of law enforcement personnel to enforce it. As Peter asked, "where's the enforcement?"
This is an issue that transcends race, religion or ethnicity.
We at NOISb join Peter's call for law officers to be stationed in every mall parking lot in the country. Vigilantly patrolling and intent on enforcing the cell phone ban.
If law enforcement had been doing their jobs, minivan woman would never have had to get out of her car to curse at and flip off Audi lady.
This is just another case of the lack of enforcement in this country forcing citizens to be uncivil towards one another.
We have Peter King to thank for bringing this to light.
Oh, and, one more thank you to Peter. For this:
Tiger Woods and I have something in common: He just got a tuneup of his original LASIK procedure. I'll get said tuneup in June.
You don' t get commentary and insight like that anywhere else, folks!