N.Y. latest to consider cell phone ban

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Gov. George Pataki has jumped on the bandwagon, calling for an end to cell phone use while driving.

New York State would, however, allow emergency calls to be made and the use of hands-free phones would continue to be legal.

”We’re seeing an explosion in the misuse of these phones,” says Pataki. ”If you’re talking on the phone with one hand while holding onto the wheel with another, then you’re not going to be as attentive. And when you’re not as attentive you’re going to create the risk of horrible accidents.”

Forty states are considering legislation that would outlaw cell phone use while driving, but none have passed the new law yet.

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