Here we go again, let's pass yet another useless law...
If a driver makes a mistake, then it MUST be blamed on something other than driver ineptness, right? Let's blame it on the radio, or cell phone, or GPS, or medications, or alcohol, or depression, or anger, or tiredness, or ..., or something, anything but the driver's lack of skills and abilities to drive without making mistakes!
If I get killed by another driver's mistake, I'm not going to be any less dead if the driver was clear-headed, sober and healthy, and had no cellphone, GPS, radio, or other device. It is the driver's driving mistake that killed me, not the cell-phone, alcohol, or anything else.
Drivers who frequently make driving mistakes (let's call them what they are: mistakes, not accidents) need to be off the road, and there needs to be alternate transportation available everywhere for them, and for the rest of us when we don't choose to drive, if we are going to make any headway at all in reducing the number of highway deaths in this country. All other efforts are simply whining about lifestyle differences, and have made, and will make, no difference in the highway death toll.
You can't legislate against stupidity. I have seen people driving while trying to read huge unfolded maps (isn't a GPS system with voice guidance MUCH safer than this???), talking to and looking at people next to them or in the back seat (isn't a cell phone that doesn't make you want to look at the other person MUCH safer than that???), and doing things I couldn't believe, like reading a book, notebook, magazine, newspaper, doing a crossword puzzle, eating food with a fork or spoon from a plate or bowl, holding coffee and a cigarette in one hand and brushing her hair with the other, and all manner of other things that made me wonder how they managed to drive at all!
The bottom line is: If you mess up on the road, you have to be held responsible for the results, and if you mess up too often, then you should be off the road. I don't care why you messed up, whether you were talking on a phone or not, whether you were sober or not, or any other reason for your mistake.
And by the same token, I'm all FOR technology that brings convenience to our lives, inside cars and out, and I do NOT believe that such technology CAUSES accidents. Stupid inept drivers cause "accidents" because they make mistakes.
If we really want to reduce or eliminate highway deaths and injuries and property damage, the only way to do it is to remove the human from the car's controls altogether. Until then we will have to put up with a certain level of mistakes that will never be reduced further by legislation. Driving is dangerous and difficult, and when you go out on the road, you are willingly taking a risk of injury or death, because: stuff happens! Whining about cell phones, GPS, radios, or alcohol use, and legislating against them, never has, and never will, solve the problem.