August 30, 2001    





Do you think cell-phone use should be unlawful in cars?

I don't know how to answer this. I use my cell in the car quite often, but at the same time I understand that it can be dangerous, so...

Jennifer, 19

I think dialing & driving and holding the phone & driving are dangerous. If you had that kind you don't hold, it would be much safer. I don't know if they'll make it illegal though. There are another hundred things that people do in the car that can cause problems/accidents on the road and they can't enforce those either. Aren't you supposed to drive with both hands on the wheel...that means no eating, no drinking, no shaving, no putting on makeup, no reading, etc. We'll have to see what decision the legislators make!

Tracy, 24
Ocean City

No. I do think every cell phone should come with a free hands free device and that you should get pulled over for driving around with one hand plastered to your ear.

Firelady, 23
, TX   USA

In urban areas, yes. In rural areas, not necessarily.

Johanna, 18

As one who has called to order take out food from my car while driving down the NJ turnpike . . . . let him who has not sinned cast the first stone.

Janet, 44
E. Brunswick

I think that drivers should not be using cell phones while driving. This means that passangers should still be able to use cell phones. This also means that a driver should be able to pull to the side of the road and use a cell phone. I think that they can be very important items in a car in a case of emergency. For example if one's car breaks down or gets stuck or whatever, it can be important for the driver to have a cell phone in his vehicle with which to call for emergebncy assistance. Therefor, I think that cell phones should definately be allowed in cars, but I dont think a driver should be using one while driving.


I think that using cell phones in car is ok to answer but if you have to call out and don't have a voice activated phone you should pull over.  I know that when I use mines I can sometimes swerve left of center so I am careful to use it. now when I am talking I can still watch traffic and be safe.

Marci, 56
, OH   USA

I think that cell phone use should not be allowed in cars. The drivers cannot pay full attention to what they are doing. Anytime I have seen someone driving and talking on a cell phone they do something like pull out in front of traffic or be unaware of someone making a lane

Heather, 15

If it doesn't require you holding the phoine, then it should be allowable.

Justin, 16
, OR   USA

I definitely think that holding a cell phone in a car should be against the law, but I don't see a problem with the ear pieces that some people use- to me, that is the same as having a conversation with a passenger in your car.

Shayna, 28

No, I think they should be used with common sense and discretion.

Jane, 60
West Linn

Definitely, people who talk and drive are hazards on the road.

Stickman, 27

yes, it definetly should be unlawful while driving. It has caused way too may accidents.



Maggie, 20
, IL   USA

Definitely for drivers while the car is running. If a passenger is on the phone, that is still a distraction but not nearly as dangerous as the driver being on the phone. If the car is sitting in the person's driveway, well, they can go ahead and use the phone. Stopped at a traffic light doesn't count. Drivers should *NOT* be allowed to use cell phones. Hang up and DRIVE!

etoile, 20

I don't use cell phones in or out of cars but I DO know that when my husband and I drive somewhere, many of the bad drivers we see are speaking on cell phones. So, yes, I think cell phone use while driving should be unlawful.

Reba, 51+
Silver Spring

I understand this is a touchy subject among those cell phone users who need must have their cell phone with them every minute of the day, but if people do dumb mistakes while driving what makes you think that that person with the phone isn't gonna. You can't keep your full attention on driving a car among thousands of other drivers when your full attention isn't on the task.  I personally don't have a cell phone but I hate the way drivers drive when they are using a cell phone. They don't drive with the flow of traffic and don't pay attention to other drivers. Did you know that in China (where these phone are manufactured) using a phone while driving is against the law. I think they know something we don't.

Stephanie, 25

Depends -- I think it should only be illegal if you are actually holding the phone. If you have an earpiece, speakerphone, or headset to use, that is a lot safer and should be allowed.

Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

It should be unlawful while driving for sure.

Dianne, 16
Ontario  CANADA

I'm inclined to shy away from enacting cumbersome regulations which then prove difficult to enforce. Cell phones are one of many, many distractions available to drivers and forbidding the use cell phones while driving would only eliminate some accidents. Unfortunately, common sense can't be legislated into reality.

Jill, 60

Some people can handle it; some people can't. Maybe that should be a special qualification on drivers' licenses.

Karen, 21

Nope... plenty of things are distracting while driving, including eating, drinking, smoking, talking, dealing with screaming kids in the back seat, feeling angry, anxious or excited.... When someone has a car accident and they were using a cell phone at the time, we hear all about it. There are cries from the public to ban this dangerous device! When someone has a car accident because they were trying to dig a pacifier out of the crack of the seat so that the baby will quit screaming, we don't suggest banning babies or pacifiers, do we? Stepping off of my soap box,

Sapphire, 31
Ft. Lauderdale

No, but I think people shouldn't use them if they can't drive while they are on them.

Angela, 16
Bella Vista

definitely ... although they already are here ...(although before they were made illegal, lots of people still got in trouble for using them, because the police got them on "driving without due care and attention")

Alice, 21
Winchester  UK

Definately. NOt that it will stop people.

Talia, 24
, CT   USA

No, I don't. I don't think it is unreasonable to require hands-free cell phone use. I do think it's wise to step up media campaigns encouraging people to pull over to make their calls. I know I've been involved in conversations with the person next to me in the car that were just as engrossing as cell-phone conversations. I've missed exits and day-dreamed while driving. I've eaten sandwiches while driving. I've reached behind me to get the toy that the child is screaming for while driving. These aren't illegal.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA

Cell phones should not be used by the drivers but I think they are okay to be used by the other passengers.


Yes! Less distraction = better driving = less chance of fatal accidents.

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills

probably for the drivers. . .

mothmc, 36
Los Angeles

I'm pretty good at driving and dialing, and I even drive a stick! On the other hand, the unfortunate fact is that not everyone in the world is as coordinated as I. So probably, yeah. But if I had another hand, it would say there's way too much idiotic legislation in the world already. If the cops were going to pull people over on busy interstates for talking on the phone, I have a feeling that could be  even more dangerous.

Kristin, 20

Heck yes. But I also think they should be banned (at least from ringing) in movie theaters, churches, and concert halls.

Ryan, 28
Riedlingen  GERMANY

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