Do you talk & drive?
The cell phone law in Oregon was passed in 2009 and went into effect new year's day 2010:
The new law, a class D traffic violation with a minimum base fine of $142.00, is effective January 1, 2010 and is a primary offense, meaning that a police officer may stop a driver solely for using a cell phone without using a hands-free accessory. For purposes of the new law, “mobile communication device” is defined as a text messaging device or a wireless, two-way communication device designed to receive and transmit voice or text communication.
When I am walking, biking, and driving around town, I see countless individuals breaking the law. When the driver is being particularly mindless, I have shouted "get off the phone!", though I hate to be getting all up in everyone's business.
As multi-tasking as I like to be, doing anything while fiddling on my phone is not good for me. I can't walk while texting, I can't even dial while driving. If I need to make a call, I have to be stopped, bluetooth installed and connected, while I dial. Once on the call and en route, I feel pretty fine about driving with the hands-free unit.
Tell me: do you see it too? Do you see drivers continuing to use their phones while driving? Either held up to the ear or even on speakerphone with the phone held up to their mouth (which - to me - seems to be still the same as holding phone to ear)? Do you think we shouldn't be on phones while driving period, whether we are on a hands-free unit or not?