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Should There Be a Law Over 100 million cell phones are currently in use in the United States More than 85 of cell phone users talk on the phone while driving However this is not the only task people perform while driving They eat drink smoke and can do numerous other things while at the wheel Most of these other factors are more dangerous than just talking on the phone Many states have proposed bills varying in severity that would restrict cell phones in motor vehicles If there is a law to ban cell phone use while driving there might as well be one against eating drinking and other common distractions in the car How many times have you been driving and your cell phone rings Or you remember you were supposed to call a certain person twenty minutes ago Most likely you would just pull out your cell phone and dial or answer it However if the state passes a bill that would restrict cell phone use in the automobile obviously you legally wouldnt be able to use your phone According to Matt Sundeen Policy Specialist of Transportation for the National Conference of State Legislatures At least 22 states since 1995 have proposed bills concerning cellular telephones in automobiles In 1999 alone 15 states proposed measures to restrict cellular telephones in motor vehicles Legislation varied in severity from proposals that would ban all use in vehicles to requirements for hands-free devices phone call length restrictions requirements to keep one ear free solicitation restrictions and improved data collection Sundeen Numerous studies have shown that talking on the phone while driving is just as dangerous as being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while driving We have all seen people drift in their lanes as well as other lanes run stop signs and lights as well as driving slower or faster than the speed limit The potential problems created by
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