Due to the recent developments of siri and other software like it, by saying who you want to call it has become easy and safe to talk while driving. Also, since bluetooth is now featured in many vehicles your phone doesn't need to be at your ear to carry on a conversation.
Sorry guys.. This distracted driving law stuff is entirely bs.. First the most distracted drivers out there are police with 2 monitors in the drivers compartment.. So the law says.. Do as I say not as I do.
The fact is that a distracted driver is a bored , or busy driver. This type of driver isn't changed by dis allowing cell phones or by anything else. To say that this kind of driver is doing their hair or makeup, drinking coffee , lighting a cigarette or eating a big mac while doing all of the above. It doesn't take a cell phone or to create a distracted driver. It does seem that now we seem to have a definition as to what is distracting.... Smoking Ok... Cell phone not.. Apparently drinking coffee is not a distraction, as we have cup holders. It's just our definitions. I'm not saying that someone shouldn't have their eyes on the road, yes they ultimately should but what is taboo and what is not is just defined by a few. I find adjusting the radio to be too distracting at times, especially my new one. However this seems ok.. It's not distracting to look at a paper map but it is distracting under the law to look at navigation on your phone, so whats the difference.. I think legislation.. We try to legislate everything and we shouldn't. The truth, there is really no way to stop distracted driving, it will always happen with certain groups of people no matter what the legislation is.
If your on a call, you still have your eyes on the road and can see everything that's happening but talking. Have you ever been in a car and the driver doesn't talk? Even in the car alone there is still music your singing along to and that can't take a lot more concentration than talking.
National Cell Phone and Driving Statistics
About 660,000 drivers use cell phones at any given time during daylight hours in the United States.
Texting while driving makes a driver 23x more likely to crash.
Drivers talking on a cell phone are 4x more likely to have a car accident.
Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver's reaction time as slow as that of a 70 year old.
Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. That is enough time to travel the length of a football field.
Studies have found that texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
94% of drivers support bans on texting while driving.
74% of drivers support bans on hand-held cell phone use.
It's estimated that at least 23% of all car accidents each year involve cell phone use – that's 1.3 million crashes.
3,331 people were killed and 387,000 were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver.
10% of fatal car accidents were reported to involve driver distraction.
17% of car accidents involving an injury were reported to involve driver distraction.
Nearly 70% of drivers 18 – 64 reported talking on a cell phone while driving.
About 30% of drivers 18 – 64 reported texting while driving.
2010 Cell Phone and Driving Statistics
3,267 people were killed and 416,000 were injured in distracted driving accidents.
5% of drivers used a hand-held device.
More female drivers used hand-held devices than male drivers.
Drivers ages 16 - 24 were most likely to use a hand-held cell phone.
More than 3/4 of drivers said they would likely answer calls while driving and rarely consider traffic situations when deciding to use a cell phone.
Most drivers said they would answer a call or text while driving but would feel unsafe as a passenger if the driver was texting.
2009 Cell Phone and Driving Statistics
5,474 people were killed and 448,000 were injured in distracted driving accidents.
Of the 5,474 killed, 995 involved reports of cell phone use.
Of the 448,000 injured, 24,000 involved reports of cell phone use.
Drivers ages 15 - 19 had the highest percentage of distracted drivers – 16% of those involved in accidents were distracted.
Drivers ages 30 - 39 had the highest percentage of cell phone use in fatal crashes.
The percentage of fatalities linked to distracted drivers increased from 10% in 2005 to 16% in 2009.
People driving light trucks and motorcycles were most often distracted at the time of fatal accidents.
In 2009, the South had the highest percentage of cell phone use while driving at 6%. The Northeast came in at 4%.
So, in conclusion, should talking on the phone while driving be allowed? Absolutely NOT!
Makes me wonder how many fatal accidents had to be at a certain percentage before someone finally asked the question "Should drinking and driving be allowed?
The Myth busters tackled this using an obstacle driving course. Depending on the type of communication on the phone(eg. Talking about recent soccer matches vs checking if a family member is at home), it affects the driver's driving skills differently. I do not drive but I noticed that my father avoids using the phone while driving. Safety first! Better to be safe than sorry.