Kids and Cell Phones and Driving

New Driver Cell Phone Ban Law Passes Second Reading At Queen’s ParkThursday October 12, 2006

New drivers who’ve just received their licenses are already prohibited from doing things more veteran commuters take for granted - like using the highway at certain hours or being forced to have a licensed motorist in the car with them.So why not ban them from being able to use a cell phone while driving?That’s the idea behind a private member’s bill, which passed second reading at Queen’s Park Thursday.

CityNews: New Driver Cell Phone Ban Law Passes Second Reading At Queen’s Park


I think I’m liking this ban. Sure, I’m old now, much less rowdy and wild. In fact, last night I was accused of growing up. But kids aren’t near as smart as they were 30 years ago. Traffic and driving wasn’t as cut and dried as it was 30 years ago. It’s good to have distinctions. This also ties in nicely to my discussion of the potential impacts of cell phone radiation on young brains. Suffice it to say, we simply haven’t got enough answers, and until we do, likely the less kids use cell phones, the better.

In 2000, just 5 percent of 13- to 17-year olds had cell phones. Today,56 percent do, according to Linda Barrabee, wireless market analyst forThe Yankee Group. If experts don’t agree on whether or not cell phones posea risk to human health, they tend to agree that, if there is sucha risk, kids are more vulnerable, due to the ongoing developmentof their brain at that early age. Parents have much more to worry about, aside from the excessive billing that goes along with kids and cell phone usage, now they also need to worry about potential health risks, including memory loss, headaches, attention disorders…

RFID tagging is a better method to keep track of kids, and to increase the safety factor. Just tag ‘em.

 

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