Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Lock Up That Cell

An editorial in this morning's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review calls for a ban on hand-held cell phone use while driving. The numbers of people talking on the phone while driving has gone through the roof over the last couple of years. Says National Highway Traffic Safety Administration spokesman Rae Tyson:

''While we don't have hard evidence that there's been an increase in the number of crashes, we know that talking on the phone can degrade driver performance,'' Tyson said.
This is obvious to anyone who actually pays attention while driving. Without fail, the worst drivers on the road are those who look as though their hands are surgically attached to their ears. Those people will not put the phone down for any reason.

Naturally, there would be opposition to such a proposal. Like smoking, this is an issue where personal freedom comes into conflict with public safety concerns. And like smokers, cell phone users will defiantly continue to practice their behavior until someone suffers as a direct result.

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