Playing Devil's Advocate here:
|Quoting seb146 (Reply 1):|
What is the motive behind this? Why now? Why this issue?
According to the report, there have been a series of accidents having injuries and fatalities that were traced to the driver using a cell phone device. The findings/statistics in the report span over a 10-year period, which coincides with the increased number of personal cell phone users and its expanding capabilities (i.e. not just to make or take calls).
Exerpt from the OP's link:
Distracted driving, some of it due to cellphone use, contributed to an estimated 3,092 deaths in highway crashes last year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Side bar: A year-and-a-half ago, there was a boat collision along the Delaware River in Philadelphia involving a tug boat and a 'Duck' tour boat. Two young Hungarian tourists died as a result of the collision. The NTSB concluded in its investigation that the primary reason that collison occured was due to the tug boat driver was conversing on his cell phone. Apparently the nature of the conversion involved a medical emergency involving his son.
So apparently, cell phone-related distractions causing accidents don't just occur w/motor vehicles on land.
The reasoning behind the extreme recommendation (including the use of Hands-Free devices), I think
, is because not all Hands-Free devices out there are 100% Hands-Free in terms of operations. Some older and/or cheaper devices still require some short-term
usage of the hand-held phone for dialing.
Devil's Advocate Mode OFF/Personal Take & Opinion Mode ON:
If this ban is to include ALL
devices for conversing, what about the use of CB
radios that many truckers, police, ambulance and taxi drivers use? CB
usage on the road goes back DECADES before widespread usage of cell phones (back in a day, some luxury cars were either retro-fitted or equipped with 'mobile' telephones) and most trucker that use it are not necessarily using them for work-releated conversations. I know the latter because on many longer drives, I have had a CB
temporarily hooked up in my car and have heard some of the conversations among truckers on Channel 19.
Heck, back in the late-70s/early-80s, some car companies (Ford being on of them) offered a CB
radio (usually 40 channels) including a hand-held mike as a factory option.
I ask again, will CB
radio usage while driving be banned as well? Some hand-held cell phones do resemble walkie-talkie/CB mikes.
IMHO a ban on texting and/or Tweeting while driving makes sense because one needs to be looking at their cell phone screen almost all the time (rather than on the road) in order to perform the needed actions. Talking while driving OTOH only requires a 'quick glance' at a cell phone screen (even on some 'Hands-Free models/adapters) and such a ban would be really tough to enforce... especially if there's an exception for making or taking 'emergency calls'. Too gray of an area.
|Quoting Ken777 (Thread starter):|
I really don't see hands free calling being any different than having my wife in the car.
Your quote reminds me of an old accident insurance claim:
I was driving along the road, glanced over at my mother-in-law; and went over the embankment.
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