Like Red Light Cameras, but for Handheld Phone Driving

Distracted driving takes more than 3,100 lives each year in the United States. It can involve anything from adjusting the car stereo to dropping hot liquid in your lap. But the worst offender is the cell phone. Rare is the motorist who hasn’t seen a near-collision, or worse, because the driver was talking or texting instead of paying attention to the road. Police write tickets for distracted driving all the time. In Maryland, it’s against the law to operate a handheld phone while driving. But officers can’t be everywhere at all times. And the alternatives, like driver education campaigns and public service announcements in the media or roadside billboards, can only do so much. How else to convince drivers to leave their phones alone?