A national safety group is advocating a total ban on cell phone use while driving, saying the practice is clearly dangerous and leads to fatalities.
States should ban drivers from using hand-held and hands-free cell phones, and businesses should prohibit employees from using cell phones while driving on the job, the congressionally chartered National Safety Council says, taking those positions for the first time.
The group’s president and chief executive, Janet Froetscher, likened talking on cell phones to drunken driving, saying cell phone use increases the risk of a crash fourfold.
“When our friends have been drinking, we take the car keys away. It’s time to take the cell phone away,” Froetscher said in interview.
I want to hear these people explain why cell phone conversations are more dangerous than other conversations in the car. (Or children; you don’t know distraction until you’ve driven children.) Until then, I can’t take them seriously. It’s particularly hard to take them seriously when they compare talking with drunk driving. For years we’ve been told that drunk drivers are basically the moral equivalent of axe murderers, and now they say that drunk driving is really no different than carrying on a conversation?