Cell phone driving bans might be premature, report says

States without laws banning cell phones while driving: don’t bother making any. Using a cell phone while driving does not necessarily make you a hazard on the road, says a new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association.

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You're about to run me over, jerk. (Source: Flickr/Lord Jim)

Hear that, Congress? Perhaps D.C. and Maryland should lift their bans — the Buddhist monks in town would approve!

“Despite all that’s been written about driver distraction, there is still a lot that we don’t know,” GHSA executive director Barbara Harsha tells WTOP. “More studies need to be done addressing both the scope of the problem and how to effectively address it.”

Distracted drivers make up about 15 to 25 percent of all crashes, with texting more dangerous than talking. But the report found as much as 50 percent of drivers are generally distracted — by things like squirrels, other drivers, and the existential angst of daily commuting.

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