***DWUCP the acronym to be used for Driving While Using Cell Phone.***
It certainly can be dangerous when DWUCP, but how many motor vehicle accidents can be attributed to the actual use of cellular telephones? Most motor vehicle accidents are caused by some form of reckless driving such as speeding, unsafe lane changes, unsafe vehicles or drinking and driving.
Nova Scotia has recently created a new law banning their use when behind the wheel. It's a bold step but I am unsure if eliminating usage of this mode of communication helps in preventing motor vehicle accidents. I can see their recent change to their motor vehicle act to prevent smoking in vehicles when infant occupants are aboard since second hand smoke unquestionably harms others.
However, picking up your cell phone to take or place a business call is no more dangerous than looking at the radio before changing the station or eating a cheeseburger while scratching yourself. At least I think. Are conversations on headsets any different than when the phone is held in your hand? Probably not.
If their Province keeps statistical information that demonstrates otherwise than perhaps the ban is justified. Unlikely though given the Registrar of Motor Vehicles role under its legislation. So what gives?
Let me know what you think.