Cell Phone Ban Drives No Benefits
from the still-plenty-of-accidents dept
As states (and nations) rush to ban mobile phones in cars, it may be instructive to look at New York State – one of the first to ban “driving while yakking”. In the year and a half since the law went into effect, there has been no decrease in accidents. Some say all this does is show that even hands-free systems should be banned. Their argument assumes that everyone who used to use a mobile phone is now using a handsfree kit – and still getting into accidents. That’s a bit of a stretch. Other studies are suggesting that mobile phone bans do little to protect people on the road. It turns out that accidents due to mobile phone use are very low on the list of driver-distraction-based accidents. It even falls below “adjusting the radio”. Why don’t we ban adjusting the radio in a car as well, then?