Cell-Phone Ban Not a Good Call
from the not-the-real-problem dept
There have been a bunch of contradictory studies (and general opinions) over how dangerous it is to use a mobile phone in a car. However, it seems pretty clear that there are a ton of distractions when someone is driving – some of which may be worse than a mobile phone. However, mobile phones seem to be the political hotspot these days, and it’s leading to bans of driving-while-yakking all over the place. This opinion piece suggests that instead of doing the kneejerk thing and banning mobile phones in cars, the police should go after people who are driving badly – no matter what the cause. Banning movile phones in cars doesn’t do much to reduce the likelihood of a distracted driver from endangering the lives of others – but we don’t see people trying to ban the use of radios in cars, or saying that children shouldn’t be allowed in cars.