Bristol West Insurance has a link on their page to some very interesting articles on highwaysafety.org. One of the articles discusses thoroughly bans on cell phone usage while driving. It’s become a hot topic as Oprah is trying very hard to get all Americans to sign pledges agreeing not to use their phone while driving. Lives can be saved and more and more states are recognizing this and putting it in the law books.
Currently there is a jurisdiction wide ban on driving while talking on a hand-held phone in 7 states which include California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Utah, Washington DC and Washington state. In addition, many localities have placed restrictions on cell phone use, including Oprah’s hometown of Chicago, IL.
Text message is a newer phenomenon and texting while driving is even more dangerous as it takes drivers’ eyes off the road for a period of time. Text messaging is currently banned in 20 states and Washington DC and that number is expected to rise as more and more studies show how dangerous it really is. The use of cell phone for those driving a school bus is prohibited in only 17 states and Washington DC. That seems like an obvious ban that should be placed everywhere.
Don’t be surprised if it becomes law across the nation that cell phone use while driving is restricted. Already, car insurance quotes can be affected if you have been caught in an accident while on your phone. It’s a very wise practice to get in the habit of even if your area currently has no restrictions. Find a safe place to pull over if using your phone is absolutely necessary while you are on the road.