Today in Quebec (and in Nova Scotia) the law banning hand-held car phones goes into effect. The penalty for using a hand-held phone will be $100. It is hoped this will promote vigilance among drivers and reduce accidents and deaths on the roads.
Some critics say the law does not go far enough. Hands-free phones will still be permitted in Quebec. But studies show that the real problem is the degree of distraction whether the phone is hands-held or hands-free.
Raymond Marchand of the Canada Safety Council says that “for many people, hands-free may be worse because some studies indicate people tend to talk longer with hands-free, don’t pull over to the right and don’t slow down.” Further, an exhaustive report by Quebec’s public health institute demonstrated that the use of any kind of car phone, whether hands-free or hands-held, is equally dangerous.
So why settle for half measures. Why not ban any use of phones in moving cars?
Do you agree?