Ban the Hand(held)

Five states have already banned the use of handheld cell phones while driving, and four states have banned text messaging while driving. Over 25 foreign countries have restrictions on handheld cell usage while driving. This seems like a practical, sensible, and necessary law, as many drivers have a hard time chewing gum and driving at the same time. Even the most conscientious drivers cannot manipulate a cell phone with one hand or cradle it in their crimped neck without this sporting event affecting their physical capabilities. Heck, if you're like me, you have a tough time reading, gabbing, and eating while driving... just kidding. Driving and yakking represent a big-time distraction from focusing on what's going on in front, behind, and next to you on the roadways.

So the time has come for this state to ban the buttons. Make any cell phone usage while driving hands-free, and make the penalties stiff after, perhaps, one warning. We have people who can't make a left turn without veering into the right lane, or who simply don't use turn signals without the added distraction of being on the phone and conversing about whether it'll be white or red wine with dinner tonight.

The next problem will be for drivers who simply can't turn that phone off- think of the temptation to pick up the phone when it rings and you're still making that incredibly long 15-minute commute. Sorry, but that phone message will be there when you park, or pull over to the curb. Let's ban the hand-held portable babble devices, for driving is a focus-required responsibility, not a leisure time, casual endeavor. Think about it...