Shocker — Cell Phone Driving Bans Don't Really Make Roads Safer
from the pointless-laws dept
In all the hubbub about laws that place various bans on talking on cell phones while driving, we’ve always noted that singling out one distraction and “cracking down” on it doesn’t really do anything to make the roads safer, since plenty of distractions remain perfectly legal. So it’s little surprise to see the results from a study in the UK, one of the first places to enact a widespread restriction on mobile phone use in cars, indicating that not only do people ignore the ban, but they also have plenty of other distractions to keep them occupied while driving. The underlying problem isn’t people talking on their phones, eating, changing clothes, or any of the other distractions this latest article cites — it’s unsafe driving. Banning distractions one by one isn’t a solution, it’s a political activity that creates the illusion that the government’s actually doing something about unsafe driving, while also causing unintended consequences. Authorities should target unsafe driving in general, not just unsafe driving caused by particular distractions deemed bad enough to demand their own law.