Cell phones were banned "from use" here a while ago. I'm waiting for the death toll to mount (as drivers pull over to answer their phones) for the next iteration.
Also banned are "video screens" of the entertainment type... navigation is ok, but the diver "shall not see" others....
This may only be my state as opposed to the hole (pun intended) of Australia, but Australian driver education is somewhat lacking.... We have a campaign here to get "at least 120 hours experience" on Learner's Permit before getting a License - that can be with any Licensed moron. (Although they seem to mandate and push lessons for motorcyclists, the seem to know the same for drivers will have no effect.)
The excuse for banning phones was the distraction.
I thought "is a phone is MORE distracting than passengers, kids, partners???!!..." (not that any of those should take precedence over driving).
But one senior Police stated the reason was the impact on decision making from the phone itself.
(FYI - our CDMA networks were shut down. All our cells are now GSM, 3G etc. AFAIK USA only started GSM a few years ago so their tumors & cancers are yet to catch up.)
Of course, that was the one and only time that was ever broadcast! (I wonder which robbery he was shot in?)
I am surprised others would want similar legislation unless it really is a brainwave issue!
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