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So our senators want to outlaw cell-phone use in cars . Great—maybe with fewer drivers flooding the network, Verizon will let me connect a call

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Hate the driver, not the phone

Memo to lawmakers: Hands-free doesn't mean crash-free

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So our senators want to outlaw cell-phone use in cars. Great—maybe with fewer drivers flooding the network, Verizon will let me connect a call once in a while. But there's a major flaw in this ban, and no, it isn't the bizarro provision allowing ham-radio operators to continue kilo-delta-bravoing with one or no hands on the wheel. I'm talking headsets, which under the law will still be legal. That's strange, considering the amount of evidence suggesting that handheld and hands-free phones create almost the same level of distraction. Think that's bullshit? Maybe. Or maybe not:

• "[M]inutes before the crash Payne had told his driver's mate, William Fowell, that he wanted to find out how to use the phone, which was in a cradle, and he started punching numbers on the keypad." (BBC)

• "The bus driver had been talking on a hands-free cell phone at the time of the accident, and he said that he saw neither the warning signs nor the bridge itself before the impact." (Guvment)

 
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