Wilmington City Council recently passed a ban on using hand-held cell phones and texting while driving in the city and a AAA Mid-Atlantic poll shows that almost all Delawareans think the state should follow suit.
According to the poll, 96 percent of Delawareans think it should be illegal for drivers to send text messages while driving and 64 percent favor banning all cell phone use.
More than half said text messages pose the greatest danger of all distracted driving activities.
“Wilmington’s ban will certainly make city streets safer, but drivers should not be lulled into thinking that a hands-free phone is safer,” said Catherine L. Rossi, manager of public and government affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Studies show that hands-free cell phones are just as distracting as hand-held because the conversation is the distraction. The more emotional the conversation, the greater the distraction.”