Not only is the ban–similar to rules in New York, New Jersey, and D.C.–hard to enforce, but it may actually contribute to driver distraction by creating the impression that hands-free phones are safe to use. Research indicates that it’s focusing on the conversation, as opposed to holding the phone, that’s the problem. And cell phone bans leave untouched myriad activities that can distract drivers and make accidents more likely, including use of various other electronic devices.
The problem is not that people have something in their hand- otherwise we would ban drinking coffee while driving, eating a burger, etc. The problem is the cognitive interference created from the conversation.
I have a proposal- Congress and state legislatures are hereby forbidden to propose or vote on issues they haven’t spent at least 6 months studying. I further propose exams on proposed legislation to demonstrate they have some understanding of the basic problem they are trying to address and what their proposed remedies will actually do before they are allowed to vote on the bill.
Of course, then Congress would pass very, very, few laws. I am sure th country will survive.