Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Sacramento, CA, USA
Bikes: Giant OC3, Specialized Crossroads
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I'm not going to argue that cell phones are a problem, but I don't think a ban will solve the real problem which is motorists being distracted.
You can kill a cyclist by being distracted with adjusting your stereo, changing a CD, yelling at the kids in the back seat, lighting a cigarette, reaching for your purse, talking to a passenger... I do not think it's feasible to ban everything that can cause driver distraction. I think it would be far more appropriate to require everybody to take a defensive driver's class every four years like my employer (State of California) does. I took it even though I bike 95% of the time and as a result I no longer read incoming text messages while I'm driving, and I ask my passenger to dial my phone for me, or I wait to stop at a red light.
Education, not legislation.