A few pull-out quotes:
The board’s decision was based on a decade of investigations into distraction-related accidents.
“People are tempted to update their Facebook page, they are tempted to tweet, as if sitting at a desk. But they are driving a car.”
…the board said that drivers faced serious risks from talking on wireless headsets, just as they do by taking a hand off the wheel to hold a phone to their ear.
“We’re not here to win a popularity contest. We’re here to do the right thing.
…she compared distracted driving to drunken driving…
…not just about keeping hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, but also about making sure people focus on the act of driving.
“It’s about cognitive distraction. It’s about not being engaged at the task at hand,” she said, adding: “Lives are being lost in the blink of an eye…
I’ve covered this issue for years. And years. Again. And again. So has Reverend Wolsey, a columnist on ele. As a cyclist (who was nearly smushed this week by a truck), I see drivers texting/calling, oblivious to my life/death, just about every day. And that’s despite texting being illegal in my state, as it is in 35 others—not that it seems the police choose to enforce this deadly habit.