Since Oregon, like 5 other states, bans using a handheld cell phone while driving, I’ve purchased a headset to connect my iPhone up. That, and I can use my car’s speaker system, although friends and family report that I sound like I’m “underwater.” So, headset it is.
My parents live in California, so I’ve seen the effects of a similar law there for a couple years.
What’s scary in California and I’m sure I’ll soon see in Oregon, is drivers determined to make a call who are taking their eyes off the road to put their Bluetooth on, speakers in, or otherwise hook up their phone to be able to talk “legally.” It’s unsafe, and potentially more dangerous than the times before these laws took effect. The main issue then was that drivers were driving with one hand on the wheel and were “distracted.” I can’t help but feel that these laws don’t address those issues. Drivers will still drive with one hand on the wheel (with Starbucks or a razor in the other) and still be as, if not more, distracted while they talk with others using their hands-free devices.
I’m not sure what the immediate fix is, although I hope that automakers are developing every new car with amazing audio systems that allow drivers to make and receive clear calls – easily. Until then, drive safely. Let me know what you’re seeing on the roads and your experiences.