We're on the verge of having a nationwide ban on using handheld cell phones while driving, and Ford is the first automaker to stand behind the cause. According to The Detroit Free Press, Ford's vice president of government affairs, Pete Lawson, said that this "represents a practical, commonsense approach to a national problem."

Ford has already made hands-free calling technology widely available across its model range. In addition to SYNC – found in just about every new Ford product – the automaker has rolled out its MyFord Touch infotainment system, and the Blue Oval boys are already working on major upgrades to improve general ease of use.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the other major American automakers – General Motors and Chrysler – have yet to comment about the proposed cell phone ban. However, both automakers have supported previous efforts to reduce hand-held phone use while driving.


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      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...and that's how you get yourself a competitive advantage.
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Even though I do see stupid drivers on their phones, I don't really want a ban on it. I use the phone while I'm driving sometimes (though not often) and I think it would be ridiculous to be ticketed for it. I see far more drivers who just suck at driving in general. Now texting, on the other hand...
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WillieD
        " I use the phone while I'm driving sometimes (though not often) " That is exactly what the dizzy broad who rear-ended me at a stoplight said. I don't think they should be banned, just jail the jackasses.
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DrEvil
          BTW: If my boss calls me when I'm driving, I let him know that I will call him back as soon as I can safely pull over.
          stclair5211
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DrEvil
          Are you the moron on the shoulder talking on his phone? Yeah that's safe. The shoulder is not a rest area people!!!
      tkosoccer03
      • 3 Years Ago
      studies show that it isn't the 'holding' that is the distraction... it's the 'talking'. sure sync is cool, but it hasn't reduced distracted driving...
        The Angry Intern
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tkosoccer03
        I'd like to see links to said studies. From my own observations, I've seen plenty of people happily chatting away using a BT headset and driving just fine. Nearly every time I see someone driving like a retard I go past them and they're holding a cell phone up to their ear. Not a scientific study at all, just what I've personally witnessed. Using hands-free is really no different than singing along with your car stereo.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Kent
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't this just a ploy by the handset makers to get people to buy phones with Bluetooth or headsets? I use a very old cell phone that doesn't do much beyond make phone calls. It's not Bluetooth capable, and I wouldn't know how to make the Bluetooth work in my car. When I talk on my cellphone, I make a point of putting my head on a swivel and watching my speed, because there are plenty of idiots who can't talk on a cellphone and drive. By the same token, one of the worst instances of bad driving was when I was following a person who was having a heated conversation with the front seat passenger. The driver was looking at the passenger while shaking a finger repeatedly, all the while weaving in the lane and slowing down. My only accident was caused when I tried to change radio stations while making a left turn. So, should we ban playing the radio or talking in the car, too?
        John D Warren
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kent
        Well you do have a point there as the government is trying to push out one distraction while automakers are throwing many more in. The interior spaces of cars are becoming much more complicated in terms of functions an such.
      Stix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good luck with the bill, Ford. Just remember, that no matter how many laws our govt. will pass to ban cell phone use while driving, people will still break the law in front of others in broad daylight. There are just some drivers out there who really have no consideration for other people around them.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      dezoris00
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about supporting a bill for reforming and improving drivers education, including raising driving standards and licensing procedures instead?
      Josh Linder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gee no ulterior motive here. I would think Ford was being noble until, wait, don't they offer SYNC? That unusable piece of touchscreen CRAP?
        Noz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Josh Linder
        In this case the "ulterior motive" has a positive effect.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      GOOD. Get the F off the road if you want to blabber on the phone about your pointless life. The road if for DRIVING not YAPPING.
      xmailboxcancerx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Goddamnit, Ford. I thought you were better than this bullsh*t. Unbelievable. Every time I hear about this stupidity related to BANNING CELLPHONES it just ruins my whole day. Thanks a lot to the incompetent drivers who cause major accidents, incidentally spoiling in-car freedoms for everyone, and double-thanks to our regulating government bodies for being such asswipes to go along with this nonsense. TRIPLE thanks to Ford, now, for pushing this in a direction toward nation-wide law. I am sick of this.
      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL! Of course they're supporting it, a ban on handhelds would mean more sales of high-margin infotainment systems. It's not surprising to see them back the measure, and I'm certain every other automaker will join in. It's good PR and good for the bottom line. Now, if we could just find a way for them to make more money on smaller, more efficient cars..
        nova
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt
        Hey somebody gets it.
        mw
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt
        Yep. Bastards. My phone is also my GPS and MP3 player, and Ford would love to be able to ban people using cheap handheld nav and music devices in favor of their ridiculously overpriced integrated systems. Garmin, Apple, and Google better wake up.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mw
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        Zoom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt
        They are. You can go buy a Focus with a $30k MSRP right now.
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