Colorado state lawmaker is pushing for restrictions on how drivers
use their cell phones, Denver’s KUSA TV reported.
Michael Garcia, D-Aurora, wants his legislative colleagues to
require all drivers who use cell phones to use “hands-free devices,”
saying it’s a matter of safety.
important to have both hands available to drive while operating
a motor vehicle, and by definition, people cannot have both hands
to drive if they’re using a hand-held cell phone device,” Garcia
recently told the news station. “This is where the distraction
and danger comes into play.”
also wants to ban younger drivers with a learner’s permit from
chatting on cell phones while driving.
young driver provision follows a National Transportation Safety
Board report released earlier this year that recommended novice
drivers be prohibited from using cell phones while on the road.
safety board says that young drivers account for only 7 percent
of the driving population but are involved in 15 percent of fatal
accidents. Distracted drivers take 1.5 seconds longer to respond
to hazards, the agency says.
how to drive and getting comfortable in traffic requires all the
concentration a novice driver can muster,” NTSB Chairwoman Ellen
Engleman said in a recent statement. “Adding a distracting element
like a cell phone is placing too many demands on a young driver’s
measures are expected to be introduced when state lawmakers reconvene