U.S Dept. of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is looking into the possibility of banning all drivers from using cell phones (even hands free devices such as Bluetooths and built-in car speakers) as well as SYNC and OnStar.
LaHood, 64, said even hands-free phone conversations are a “cognitive distraction.”
What’s next? Telling drivers they can’t talk to passengers in their cars? (When I was in a car accident two years ago, the woman who rear-ended me going 65 MPH on I-95 while I was stopped in traffic wasn’t talking on a cell phone or texting, she was talking to the passenger next to her — granted the idiot felt the need to completely turn her head to talk to the passenger instead of keeping her eyes on the road ahead of her.)
Here’s an idea — how about not handing out driver’s licenses like they are a right and instead only giving them to those people who prove that they can drive safely and responsibly? What a concept!