The solution is very simple!
I don't know of many hand held cell phone made today that does not operate with wireless bluetooth or an in vehicle system!
That's the solution, make that mandatory end of story.
I personally get really annoyed seeing the typical egoistic and " I can handle it" nutcases maneuvering in and out of busy city traffic, speeding
along motorways with their head down messaging or the head tilted talking 90 degrees chatting away, or blatantly holding the phone to their ears with
one hand and smoking or drinking with the other. I have had close encounters with such arrogant individuals many times
It is a total disrespect and ignorance towards other individuals, children especially but generally every other road user and includes pedestrians
resulting in serious injuries and fatalities, world wide and without exception and it is totally unacceptable.
I use hands free one touch pick up and one touch voice dialing which is in the same as another poster mentioned, not much different as changing gear,
using the indicator/windscreen wipers, switching a radio station or CD track, all to be done with caution of course and is dependent on "where" the
device is located on the vehicle dashboard. In most vehicles sound systems and driving controls are of course situated where the driver will
experience the least distraction while driving, logical right?
But total control being "enforced" in the manner this technology suggests is not a good option.
The next step will be prohibiting women to wear short skirts or other "distracting" garments near moving traffic because that can be even more
distracting than making that, possibly really important call, for example, to explain to your boss why you are late to work and risking your job by
not calling in on time, or talking to you wife and comforting her as she lays in labor in hospital and you are desperately trying to make it on time,
to make sure all is ok with your daughter because she lost her door key and has to wait for you in a vulnerable and maybe dangerous environment. Maybe
you just left for the airport and left you wallet, passport money, whatever, and somebody needs to contact you so you can return before traveling 200
miles in vain (we all know these situations).
I could go on but, apart from that, do you really believe all the "important people" or anybody for that matter who has come to rely on our
fantastic communications technology will allow it to be "prohibited" just like that?
Law enforcement on the road... no cell phone, emergency services... no cell phone..., politicians, top business executives, Celebrities and you,
average Joe or Jane... when your lost and need directions to get to you loved ones in an emergency...
Somebody else mentioned " we got on without cell phone in the 70's"
What a ridiculous statement! We got on without computes and the internet too right?
Would you be happy if TPTB just one day decided to put user restrictions similar to "parental controls" on your TV channels, or your internet
connection because of issues like "security, virus, spam, ID fraud, propagation of the suicide directed at teenagers and vulnerable individuals,
vulgar pedophiles lurking behind fake ID's and the enormous danger issues for young kids on social networking websites (no names mentioned but have
been fata too) and all just because they have been abused "by some sick, dangerous idiots and arrogant people" ?????
I don't think so... There would be a revolt....
And something else, will they then build special parking facilities on all roads for all the cell phone users to just quickly "pull over" and make
that call and then probably charge us a fee for the use as well?
If you do use a mobile phone and drive,
THEN USE A HANDS FREE KIT!! (but avoid too emotionally distracting or heated conversations for a face to face)
THAT LITTLE INVESTMENT COULD/WILL SAVE LIVES
And if you get caught using a hand held whilst driving THEN....
YOU SHOULD BE FINED THOUSANDS AND BANNED FROM DRIVING FOR A FEW MONTHS!
Get caught again loos your license third time round banned for .. years... people will lear, accept and adapt to a solid but sensible and reasonable
policy. It' just common sense, nothing more.