While studies have shown that talking on a cellphone while driving makes you just about as good a driver as a drunk hobo, not one state in the US has banned cellphoning while driving. Yet. According to the Wall Street Journal, 26 states and the District of Columbia are moving toward banning cellphone driving in one way or another. Some states (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C.) have already outlawed handheld cellphone use, requiring drivers to use a hands-free method of cell gabbing. Many municipalities have already banned it.
We're thinking some people are already bad enough drivers, but when they start talking on that cellphone, the world outside the windshield starts looking to them like some abstract movie they're watching. Unfortunately, that movie has lots of car crashes and explosions in it. But this is one law that's going to be unpopular and hard to enforce.
Restrictions on Cellphone Use While Driving Gain Traction [Wall Street Journal]