Another Bad Idea
From time to time, laws are proposed (and sometimes enacted) that prohibit drivers from talking on cell phones while they drive. Never mind that talking on a cell phone is no more distracting than fiddling with the radio or typing addresses into a GPS navigation system, or pushing the dog away or arguing with a passenger. Laws against unsafe driving (reckless or inattentive driving) already address cell phone usage (as well as any other distraction) that actually prevents an individual driver from driving safely.
Calls for cell phone bans are fueled by stories like this one, where a 19 year old was arrested for reckless homicide because he struck a child while -- according to initial reports -- he was text messaging a friend. When the truth finally replaced hysteria, it turned out that the driver finished text messaging about a minute before the accident. And it appears that the child fell or moved back into the path of the car, after successfully crossing the street, in response to the shouting of his uncle's girlfriend. Despite the outrage of the understandably upset relatives of the child, there's no basis for their criticism of a grand jury that refused to charge the driver with a crime. And there's no need for laws that categorically prohibit drivers from using their cell phones.
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