Banning the Use of Handheld Cell Phones for Drivers
Looks like Philly will be joining other states and cities in enacting a ban for the use of handheld phones while driving. The bill has passed city council, is expected to be signed by the mayor and will be immediately enforced. No more texting or calling while driving.
Currently, five states, including New Jersey, plus the District of Columbia prohibit the use of handheld cell phones for drivers, and ten states extend the ban to text messaging as well. Interestingly, the pending bill also includes a ban for the use of handhelds by bicyclists, skateboarders and others not on cars.
While I admittedly use my cell phone while driving quite a bit, I think the switch to the use of a hands free device (a headset) is a small price to pay for increased safety on the road. So I begrudgingly accept the new pending law. I’m sure some of my colleague Philawdelphia bloggers are also happy about this bill.