|Where I am, the province recently passed a law that allows law enforcement to charge a driver with "Distracted " driving, for which you pay a substantial fine. It covers "Distraction " caused by many things, but the primary reason for it was because of the excessive number of idiots talkng on cell phones and texting while driving, and not while the vehicle was not moving, which is the common sense thing to do. |
However, drivers ARE allowed to use "hands free" methods of answering or calling from a cell phone, despite the fact that studies have shown that's nearly as distracting as having the cell phone in your hand next to your head, and our law enforcement officers (local police, provincial sherrifs, the RCMP, etc.) were already overburdened before the law was passed (the governments have not been hiring enough people for many years).
Before that law was passed, there were lots of people I was following behind who weren't just answering a cell phone, they were making one call after another, sometimes the entire time I was following them.
I've seen no one using a cell phone next to their head since the law was passed, but on the other hand, I drive a lot less than most people, and I avoid driving in "rush hour" periods nearly all the time. According to the local media, some people are still using the cell phone next to their head and texting on the sly while driving.