December 18, 2010
Written by Trupiano · Filed Under Featured, Op/Ed, U.S.
2 Responses to “Banning Cell Phone Use While Driving Is Long Overdue”
Hands-free cell kits cost as little as $10 these days. Some cars come with them built-in (mine’s part of the radio). There’s absolutely no excuse for having a cell phone pressed up to your head while driving now; if you can afford a cell phone and a monthly cell minutes bill (even if it’s pay-as-you-go) and a car and gas, you can afford a hands-free kit.
Sorry but no. My car doesn’t support this kind of hands free thing. I do not have a functioning “cigarette lighter” or other plug that my 1995 Honda could use to have a high-tech hands free cell phone feature. Cost isn’t the issue.
I think it’s asinine to assume that hands-free kits help anyway. It’s common knowledge that someone on bluetooth or other hands-free technology is often JUST AS distracted as someone using their hand to hold the phone up to their head. If you really want to end the distractions, you have to ban cell phone use completely. That includes hands-free devices.
Personally, I do not want a ban because I don’t see that it will help. I personally use my phone while driving very infrequently, but when I do it’s usually because I’m lost, need directions, and don’t see a good place to stop. I have never been in an accident or caused an accident because of my phone, but I’m a pretty good driver. Younger drivers or inexperienced ones might need a ban, in theory. But who is to say that reaching for and applying makeup, arguing with a passenger, or flipping through radio stations/iPod songs isn’t also just as distracting. I don’t think it’s reasonable to legislate this issue because it doesn’t seem like it will have a real effect. There’s no way to effectively enforce this IMO. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong – time will tell.
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