Is the Cell Phone Ban Working?

Or has the cell phone ban increased distraction?

Hoboken girl on cell phoneThough it’s hard to even remember the time when things were different – today marks the 5th anniversary of it being illegal to operate a motor vehicle in New Jersey while talking on a cell phone. When I realized this date was looming before us, I looked into the statistics to see how the five-year-old law has had an impact on us so far in terms of reducing incidents, if any.

Interestingly, it hasn’t had much of an effect based on statistics (see below), but maybe that is just because there are so many more of us on the road who own and are totally attached to their wireless devices, so the impact of the law is leveled out?

Or maybe the law is just a “money-maker” and there are just as many incidents on the road related to mobile devices as there would have been? Over the past few years, I’ve even heard people argue that the law has made things more difficult for them – because now they have to look out for law enforcement, in addition to paying attention to the road.

Do you think this “law” was premature?

It was conceived almost SEVEN years ago – when cell phones were much more cryptic and archaic – with nothing more than 12 digit keypads. Now we have smart phones you can speak instructions to. Perhaps the law should be repealed?

NJ Mobile Crash Data

3 Responses

  1. joey maxim says:

    regard to cell phone use while driving on any highway..st tropper now retired told me he found
    the baby in the car seat alive while the mother was thrown clear on the pky shoulder with the cell phone still gripped in her hand..guess its the states law call..

  2. GlitzyGurl22 says:

    No its not! The cop NEVER pull over anyone for talking on their cell.
    I have seen cop cars behind cars while they where texting and have don 😈 e nothing

    • joey maxim says:

      22 in certain towns you can bet the ranch these dolts will get nailed..seat belts and cell phones.wtf happened to making a call on the land line before leaving home? sign of the times..The crappers on a bus or train are the best ..bla bla bull chit..btw hows your arase?[quote comment=”219748″]No its not! The cop NEVER pull over anyone for talking on their cell.I have seen cop cars behind cars while they where texting and have don e nothing[/quote]

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