I now never ever use a phone while driving, It's left switched off, but a sad experience which happened to friends of ours convinced me even more how the simple act of using phones in cars can be dangerous.
Sometime ago I posted on here regarding friends of ours who had lost their 6 year old daughter ( she was actually 5yrs 10mths old) while shopping in Stoke on Trent just over 2 yrs ago, it was well publicised at the time in the press. The driver hit them while they were on a pedestrian crossing, near Fenton, he was using a hand held mobile phone at the time, and claimed he had not seen them. How is that possible when the crossing had control lights. he was sentenced to 30mths but only served 13 months, yes 13 months thats all, and lost his licence for 2 yrs.
We still see this couple quite frequently, and they have'nt come to terms with their loss, The wife suffered a broken arm and spinal injuries and fortunately has since made a good recovery, but they will never get over what they went through and still do, and TBH neither will my wife and I, she really was a gorgious lovelly friendly child.
This is the main reason I feel so strongly about anything that can detract the driver from concentrating on his driving. A sad accident.? yes it was, and I dont know whether it may still have occured if the driver had not been on his mobile phone, no one knows.
As someone who has stupidly used a mobile phone myself while driving in the past, long time ago, I know that you cannot give 100% concentration to your driving, and anyone who thinks they are super human and can do it safely while driving is a fool and a liability on the roads.
Several Independant studies and their resulting evidence has already proved that on average drivers, who use phones in cars are more than 4x more likely to have an accident, what is interesting is that tests showed that there is little difference to the risk factor even with hands free kits. Now that is not something I have just made up, these are actual figures issued by the official safety bodies that did the tests including Rospa. Google this subject and you will find this to be true, or check out the following links.
A lot of people will say, what's the difference between talking on a mobile and chatting to a passenger, well I cannot answer that, other than to say, I hope I dont get too distracted when the wifes chatting away, though occasionally I will tell her to hold it until any danger may be passed, though TBH I tend not to talk very much anyway when I'm driving.
Those members with young children, I hope it never happens to any of you, but imagine for a moment how would you feel about the use of mobile phones if that had been your child. ?