I am more distracted by watching out for the fuzz when I am on my phone than anything else.
I'm not down for passing laws such as this. So many people relate these type of issues to just their personal experience without thinking about the implications of what kind of society is being engineered: "man that guy's an idiot, so lets take away everyones rights."
Climbing would definitely be illegal in such a world. Driving would be severely restricted as well.
It is astonishing how many folks are willing to give up their freedom. I don't want to give up even the smallest bit of freedom. Once it's gone will ya ever get it back?
As an avid cyclist, I'd be totally happy with a complete ban of cell phone use in cars by the driver. A number of studies now show that hand held or hands free doesn't matter. It's the weird turning inward of the attention to the conversation that is the problem. While I agree it is possible at SOME times to talk reasonably safely, it could also be argued it's possible to drink a bit and drive safely sometimes. I read somewhere that being on a cell phone and being at about the legal limit with alcohol reduces one's reaction time about the same.
Turn off the damn phone and drive. We don't need more distractions.