I have seen studies for and against and some that can?t come up with a conclusion on the cell phone issue. Without a doubt, our cars are becoming more filled with technology then ever before. Most of which is a distraction to the driver. It?s not wipers and AM radios anymore, it?s DVD players, G.P.S. systems, complex car stereo equipment along with CD/MP3 players and a host of other distractions. It?s also, driver stupidity. Driver?s in North America are a stupid lot of people, we don?t understand common sense road rules, we all speed and drive well with a me first attitude. At one intersection here in town which happens to be a four way stop and to make matters worse, a school zone, no one knows who goes first, so many close calls have happened there, non of which have to do with cell phones, rather, stupid drivers.
I agree, hand held cell phones are an issue, and I am all for hand free units, while driving, I use one. With the advent of cheaper voice activated cell phones, which dial on voice command you can?t get much better. Yet if for you, it is a distraction that impairs your driving, use common sense, then again use common sense if you are distracted by passenger or your radio.
It all boils down to driver responsibility in their own vehicles, knowing common road rules and applying them, as well as stop being an aggressive driver and start being an aware driver. Law can not replace common sense, it can only make a poor attempt at trying to compensate for the lack of it. If today it is cell phones, tomorrow it will be a new technology, we can continue to make rules or we can start being responsible for ourselves now.