Hand-held phone conversations are different to talking with in-car passengers, it’s that simple. But, not surprisingly, it’s quite common to run into people who react strongly to the suggestion that cell phone conversations while driving are extremely dangerous.
“So, what are you going to do next, make it illegal to speak with passengers in your car then?!”
This perspective is not unique and is often an argument against the laws banning the use of hand-held (and especially hands-free) electronic devices when driving.
David Teater is a Senior Director of Transportation Initiatives at the National Safety Council (and a personal contact I hold in high esteem) — in less than 2 minutes he helps answer this common question. “When you understand the explanation it’s pretty obvious why a cell phone is so much more dangerous than having a passenger with you,” says David.