There's a new law that's just been passed in Georgia. It bans drivers from even touching their phones. For any purposes at all. It doesn't matter if the phone is on a hands-free mount, or if they're just dialling, or accessing directions. Unless parked, physical contact with a phone is now illegal. The aim of course, is to reduce distractions, and change behaviour.
We loved this article in The Atlantic, which takes a good long look at our relationships with our phones, the good, bad, and the ugly. How often have you checked yours while there's been a lull in conversation, when you've been queuing at a stop light... or even in the bathroom? Would you feel comfortable if your children used theirs behind the wheel as often as you did?
The article doesn't moralise about the use of phones at the wheel, but it does take an uncomfortably long look at what our addiction is costing us.
Read the full article here.