Rosen points out that driver distractions, whether by cell phone or crying children, is nothing new to drivers. Who hasn’t seen someone (or have done themselves) changing CDs; singing; oogling that attractive guy/gal; or arguing while driving?
The important thing is the degree to which the driver is distracted by their non-driving activity. Is talking on the cell phone the same as reading the newspaper while barreling down the highway? Rosen also asks how far to take banning “distractions”: ban smoking while driving? Chewing gum? (As a personal aside, I once worked in a wireless telephone company and saw a study on driving distractions. Number one on the list? Eating, followed by putting on make-up, shaving, and reading while driving.)
Finally, Rosen points out the difficulties in enforcing such laws.
What’s your view?