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Banning the Use of Handheld Cell Phones for Drivers

April 16, 2009

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.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Phila. 2L permalink
    April 17, 2009 3:32 pm

    . . . but is there any conclusive evidence that hand-free devices actually reduce accident rates?
    From what I understand (admittedly little) the danger with phone use while driving concerns divided concentration; hands-free devices don’t ameliorate this issue at all.
    Guess I better start charging my bluetooth.

    Are we going to outlaw smoking, drinking coffee, or eating while driving next?

  2. April 21, 2009 12:36 am

    People who talk on handheld cell phones are a danger to others on the road. There already are many reported major accidents that were a result of a distracted driver. There are published studies that say talking on a cell phone while driving is worse that driving under the influence of alcohol.

    • Phila 2L permalink
      April 26, 2009 10:31 pm

      IIRC, the studies show that talking on the phone, period, is the cause of accidents; the main issue is distraction, not hand-held v. hands-free

      • May 7, 2009 1:51 am

        People should avoid talking on the phones while driving. They are a danger to everyone.

  3. May 6, 2009 4:02 pm

    hand free devices will greatly reduce accidents.. Good post

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