Originally Posted by BEhrler
I can see the advantage of not having to hold a phone to ones ear while driving. However, what is the difference between talking handsfree on the phone and talking to a passager while driving?
None, or eating a sandwhich, or drinking water, or thinking about that article you need to write for the website, or how pissed off you are about some idiotic post you read on BMWLT, or yelling at your kids who won't sit still, or just plain being tired after a long day. The problem is inattentive driving, and it's been a part of driving since people started riding horses. But if you're inattentive because of a phone, now it's a major deal.
I can understand the hysteria to a point, because some people, especially the younger ones (okay, the younger female ones), are on it constantly and this makes them inattentive a higher percentage of the time, but it's not what they're doing that's a problem, so much as how often they're doing it, and hands free will not change that.
There's also the "drive with 2 hands" mantra that makes some sense. Drinking a coke ties up one hand for a moment, whereas a phone call for much longer. So, I see some benefits in the law, but the hysteria that surrounds cell phone use isn't justified.
I was walking to lunch yesterday and a lady in a minivan full of kids was so busy trying to do whatever she was trying to do that she didn't see me and made a right turn in front of me when I had the walk sign. It was clear to me she wasn't paying attention so I didn't put myself in harms way. I tapped her minivan as she went by to let her know I was there. Maybe that "oh" moment will help her pay better attention. We've all been guilty of such things. I don't think we need a law banning kids in minivans. Maybe just banning kids, though. Yessss.