I suspect that there are laws everywhere prohibiting driving while distracted/impaired ... It should be relatively easy to include texting under the definition of driving while impaired, so there shouldn't be a need for additional laws. I suppose that the legislatures need to ensure that the penalties are significant enough to discourage the practice.
The other part is to record cell phone activity and GPS info from the phone for a period of time (several days?) if it's not already being done, so your cell phone will indict you if you've had an accident and were texting. If you've been on the phone and your GPS coordinates were changing around the time of the accident, you're in trouble. The police should be able to check cell phone records for a time in question for any accident.
I totally agree with you, seaEE! Not enough personal responsibility is being taken by whiners who can't drive themselves, and are not quick enough on the draw. Personal utilities and toys are for us to use and play with at our discretion. Personal liberty is too precious.
Talking on a telephone is not the main issue. I follow numerous slow-pokes that hold up traffic and when I pass, I can see from my higher vantage point, they are texting. To not expose this behavior, the driver keeps the device below the steering wheel, adding to the danger.
Start here and see what occurs then. Ed
All good points, but if you ban cellphone conversations in cars, you should also list and ban other manual activities like some cited above (shaving, puting on makeup, etc). And some passengers should probably be banned too!
Does anyone have any stats for accidents in which cellphone use was a factor, split into those with handsfree kits vs those with hand-held phones? I think handsfree ones would be in a fairly small minority, but I'm open to correction.
If I am right, proper enforcement of the "no hand held (and no texting) rule would lead to a good improvement.
For myself,I have a handsfree but I will not answer calls in heavy traffic, I'll phone the person back when I'm on a more open road. And I've set up handsfree dialling. And I'll pull over or call back if I'm on a call which needs me to think a bit. All common sense, which is fairly rare sometimes. Thats why we need laws, and more important, enforcement of them.
and it makes sense. I say, while on the road, one should always keep both hands on the wheel and think of nothing else but driving. I am not even sure about playing music
while driving to be honest....