California has banned cell phone use by drivers ages 16 & 17. The ban will include text messaging. Older drivers will be allowed to use hands free phones, but the ban for the teenagers will be total. While the legislation is positive and regrettably, too rare, it is insufficient. A number of studies have shown that even during conversations on hands free cell phones, drivers’ reactions times were significantly reduced, and automobile accident levels increased. Multi-tasking makes for mediocre performance of many tasks, and can be deadly on the road.
For more information on this subject matter, please refer to the section on Car and Motorcycle Accidents.