Fred Smoot's Viking Love Boat (alladinsane) wrote in drivewithphone,
Fred Smoot's Viking Love Boat

Editorial from the Clarion Ledger (Jackson, Miss)...

New York law a possibility here?

Judging by recent letters to the editor, a lot of motorists don't like the recent enforcement effort aimed at ticketing those ignoring Mississippi's mandatory seat-belt law.

What if the Mississippi Legislature banned motorists from using cell phones while driving?

In New York, lawmakers have approved a bill with up to $500 in fines for cell phone use while driving.

They cited a 1997 New England Journal of Medicine study saying accidents occurred about four times greater with cell phone use, about the same as drunken driving.

Bans have been proposed in 40 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The Mississippi Legislature should begin examining the obvious problem. It will probably take a law to force users to upgrade to hands-fee models for auto use.

It is not a personal freedom issue, but a public safety issue.
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