I’m not even sure I had a cell phone ten years ago. I learned to drive without the distraction of a cell phone. I certainly functioned just fine without a cell phone for the majority of my life. So, why are all these “handheld devices prohibited while driving” areas driving me crazy?
Now, as much as I like to pretend I am very “tech” savvy, I tend to lag behind. I do not have blue-tooth in my car. I do not have the “alien” ear attachment that connects me to my cell phone without using the actual phone. So, these new Cell Phone Bans are driving me insane. Highland Park recently instituted a cell phone ban on all handheld devices. We can now get pulled over in Highland Park for using a handheld device as the primary cause for being pulled over by a Highland Park police officer.
Lake Cook Road, due to the construction that is ongoing, has a similar situation. In fact, I have a few friends that have been ticketed on Lake Cook Road for using a handheld device while driving. And this policy has been in effect in the city of Chicago for over a year now.
I recognize and understand that driving, while doing basically anything besides driving, is not as safe as driving while only driving. I would include doing the following things among those things that are less safe to do while driving: eating, drinking, listening to the radio loudly, chatting with a friend who is physically in the car right there with you, putting on makeup, smoking, reading the newspaper or a book, writing down notes, right alongside the issue of talking on your cellphone and texting. It is truly amazing what people choose to accomplish while driving.
I must admit though, that this new handheld ban has been challenging for me. Now, I am not a “glued to my ear” cellphone user. But with carpools, and the end of school, my phone has been ringing more than usual. And I have been in Highland Park quite a bit recently. Now, I don’t want to “cheat” but I admit I answer my phone real quick and say, “I’m in Highland Park, I’ll call you right back” and try to cross over into Deerfield quickly to return the call and make sure all is well.
Now, I know just like everything else, I will adjust. I am certain that the ban will prove safer and hopefully result in less accidents. But, it is amazing, how attached we have become, that even the thought of not answering one call in the car, throws me for a loop.