Hooray! I support this strongly. Would like to see "hands free" banned as well.
The fact you have one hand on the wheel and the other holding something else like a phone, beverage, burger, etc. is not the problem. The thing that makes using any cell phone while driving dangerous is the fact that it engages the user in a way that reduces their ability to operate a motor vehicle as safely as they could otherwise. Talking on a telephone distracts a driver from what's going on around them, e.g. other vehicles, bikes and pedestrians.
I'm a pretty serious motorcycle rider and my many years of riding experience have convienced me that the greatest external risk to my safety is other drivers. In the past 3 years I have probably had 9 very close calls with automobiles. In 8 of those 9 instances the person driving the car was using their telephone when they did something unsafe and put me at risk.
What's even more maddening is that I suspect nearly 100% of the in-car phone use is either unnecessary or could be postponed until done driving.
I just hope the law (if enacted) actually get enforced!
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