The use of mobile phones while driving
may increase the possibility of accidents, according to studies and
reports done by a number of research groups. This is the exact
reason why California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed California SB-1613, a bill that will force drivers in
California to use a hands-free device while driving. Palm, the
largest producer of cell phones in California, is reportedly the only phone
company that has stepped forward to support the bill.
As a cyclist that logs the majority of
my miles on public roads open to vehicle traffic, I am hoping that
the bill will make it safer for drivers and cyclists alike. I have had a few close calls with drivers who were
simply too engaged with their phone conversation while driving.
What are your thoughts on laws that
force drivers to use hands-free devices? What kind of accessories and hands-free products would you like to see from phone manufacturers in the future?