• Samantha Rogers Posted: 2/3/2010 7:08pm PST

    Although no significant changes were seen in the number of accidents after the texting ban was implemented, I still believe that cell phone use while driving is one of the primary reasons behind road accidents. I agree with Stan because a big difference lies between creating a good law and enforcing it. Many drivers who use their cell phones while driving may be undetected or unnoticed by authorities.

  • Phil Irish Posted: 1/29/2010 12:54pm PST

    Research has found that by the third sentence of a conversation on a cell phone, hand held or not, your mind forms a picture of the person spoken with or the subject matter, and 38% of your controlable intelligence is occupied. You are then worse off than if you were legally drunk with reguard to attention to driving. Texting raises the risk because your eyes leave the road environment about 4.6 seconds of each 6 second period, making you essentially blind, in addition to to the mental distraction ! The laws and penalties are way behind this situation and seem to be making no headway in catching up with the problem. "Heads UP when driving!"

  • Stan Posted: 1/29/2010 9:35am PST

    There is a difference between passing a law and enforcing it. As a NY driver, I can tell you that cell phone use while driving is very common, and very rarely ticketed.

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 1/29/2010 8:19am PST

    There is, in fact, considerable support for the argument that talking on the phone is the real distraction, whether drivers use a handset or not: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9892735-1.html