Frankly, I haven't read anything that indicates hands-free cell phone use is any less attention-grabbing than is hands-full cell phone use, but what the heck.
- All (yes, all) drivers are paying attention to their intended path in front of them most (not all) of the time.
- No driver can be paying attention to everything all the time.
- All drivers have their attention distracted from time to time.
Please ride accordingly.
California Goes Hands-Free
Sep 15, 2006 News Release
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 1613, which was passed by legislators on August 31, that would prohibit the use of a cell phone in a moving vehicle unless the driver is using a hands free device.
"The simple fact is it's dangerous to talk on your cell phone while driving. CHP data show that cell phones are the number one cause of distracted-driving accidents," said Schwarzenegger. "So getting people's hands off their phones and onto their steering wheels is going to make a big difference in road safety. The 'Hands-Free' cell phone bill will save lives by making our roads safer."
Specifically, SB 1613 will:
* Prohibit the use of cell phones by drivers unless the driver is using a hands-free device starting July 1, 2008.
* Allow drivers of commercial vehicles to use push-to-talk phones until July 1, 2011.
* Allow drivers to make emergency phone calls without using a hands-free device.
* Allow drivers of emergency response vehicles to use cell phone without a hands-free device.