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Cell phone ban

North Carolina, which recently banned texting while driving, is now considering a ban on all uses of hand-held cell phones. The bill has been introduced by Charlie Dannelly.

I have mixed feelings about this. I don't mind so much the law against texting. You can't text without taking your eyes off the road for an extended period of time.The only thing that bothered me about the texting ban was the fact that it was needed.

I don't talk on the cell phone that much while I'm driving, but sometimes it is useful, for instance if I'm going to be late for something. My big concern is that this is a path down a slippery slope, always a realistic possibility when you are talking about health and safety laws. (If 30 years ago you had warned that the FDA wanted to regulate salt, people would have laughed at you. And you can be sure they would have used the words "slippery slope".)

Evidence of the slippery slope comes at the end of the linked article:

No state bans hands-free phones, even though safety researchers say they don't eliminate the distraction caused by the conversation.

A lot of the comments are from people who think banning hands-free phones would be a good idea. If we get to that point, we will not be at the bottom of the slippery slope. Piece by piece, everything that can possibly be distracting to a driver will be banned.