Re: enforcement of texting while driving--
here's at least a shred of evidence that it's enforced in at least one suburb . . .
What useless bullshit! The percentage of cyclists I see driving and talking is just a mere fraction of drivers I see talking and driving. These aldermen need to find better ways to spend their time. It's not like there is a financial crisis etc that they could be addressing...
At least in the case of driving, it has nothing to do with holding the cell phone. The hands-free devices are just as bad. It isn't something open to opinion either. Here are a few of many relevant studies:
McEvoy, Suzanne; Stevenson, MR; McCartt, AT; Woodward, M; Haworth, C; Palamara, P; Cercarelli, R (2005). "Role of mobile phonesin motor vehicle crashes resulting in hospital attendance: a case-crossover study". BMJ 331(7514): 428.
Redelmeier, Donald; Tibshirani, Robers (February 1300, 1997). "Association Between Cellular-Telephone Calls and Motor Vehicle Collisions". The New England Journal of Medicine 336 (7): 453–458.
Laberge-Nadeau, Claire (September 2003). "Wireless telephones and the risk of road crashes". Accident Analysis & Prevention 35 (5): 649–660.
Horrey, William; Christopher Wickens (Spring 2006). "Examining the Impact of Cell Phone Conversations on Driving Using Meta-Analytic Techniques". Human Factors (Human Factors and Ergonomics Society) 38 (1): 196–205.
Recarte M. A. & Nunes L. M. (2003). "Mental Workload While Driving: Effects on Visual Search, Discrimination, and Decision Making.". Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied 2 (9): 119–137.
Strayer D. L., Drews F. A. & Johnston W. A. (2003). "Cell Phone-Induced Failures of Visual Attention During Simulated Driving.". Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied 1 (9): 23–32.
Strayer D. L. & William J. A. (2001). "Driven to distraction: Dual-Task Studies of Simulated Driving and Conversing on a Cellular Telephone.". Psychological Science 6 (12): 462–466.
Dialing a phone is more dangerous than talking on one, handheld or otherwise.
David Barish said:
However, there is also no question that its a lot easier to safely manpulate a car with one hand than a bicycle. In either case, I don't have a problem with the use of a headset with either means of transportation. Hands free means your hands are on the wheel/handlebar.
Politicians need to pass laws to justify their existence?
I don't have a problem with this proposal, although it should be common sense and unneeded. Blows me away when I see folks cruising no hands, texting away running stop signs... are you invincible? If it is distracting while driving it is distracting while riding.