Driving and Cell Phone Use
Recently there has been a good deal of discussion regarding cell phone use while driving. The most recent addition to the discussion is drivers who send and receive text messages while operating a vehicle. Texting while driving presents a degree of distraction much, much greater than that of just talking on the cell phone. But both texting and talking can have deadly results.
Since cell phone usage began to spike in popularity, certain states have enacted or attempted to pass regulations against cell phone usage while driving. Today, most states have at least some form of cell phone usage legislation for drivers. These laws vary greatly.
For instance, a number of states only forbid handheld cell phone usage, while allowing hands-free operation. These laws have come under scrutiny as there have been a number of studies showing that the use of a hands-free set does little to nothing to help with the cognitive distractions inherent with talking on the cell phone.
Others regulations prevent minors from using the cell phone while driving or prevent cell phone usage by drivers in school zones. A handful of states have enacted specific legislation against texting while driving.
The number one source of driver inattention is cell phones. This is a pretty frightening statistic when coupled with the fact that 80 percent of crashes are related to driver inattention.