I found this to be a pretty balanced article on the use of cell phones while driving. This article sites a study from the New England Journal of Medicine. This scientific study states that cell phone use while driving is as dangerous as a driving while drunk. Having witnessed the actions of drunks behind the wheel, and cell phone users trying to drive, the anecdotal evidence seems to be consistent with this scientific study.
So, the obvious question is this: Why do we allow cell phone usage while driving if it is as dangerous as this scientific study suggests? My theory is based on the greenback. Certainly, the telecommunication industry (especially with the explosion in cell phone usage) has nearly unlimited funds, and resources that they use to influence policy, and indeed, law in this country.
You ask, what about the liquor-based industries? Do they not also boast incredible influence, via the greenback, with our politicians? The answer is – of course they do, but we all know about the dangers of driving drunk. However, driving while on the cell phone is generally not considered dangerous by the uninformed public, and is acceptable.
What do you think?