Anybody else TIRED of hearing about all these hands free laws/devices/concepts? Honestly I'd rather an old lady just make a phone call rather than trying to pair blue tooth devices she doesn't even comprehend.
Honestly, if your not able to multitask a steering wheel and a few basic buttons, perhaps you shouldn't be driving. I see all the time IDIOTS driving down the road texting looking at their crotch. Or worse, phone in one hand and something in the other. No matter how good a driver you are .. at least ONE hand has to be on the wheel to do anything. Operating a car truthfully is 90% riding along and 10% driving.
REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE A BIG MAC OR A DROID IN YOUR OFF HAND, BE READY TO DRIVE.
Personally, being a nerdy IT guy (and mildy OCD w/ phones) I text / call/ nav/ toy and just about every other kind of fondling I can do w/ my phone while on the road. The trick is RESPONSIBILITY ... When your in stop and go traffic, perhaps wait until you have a few hundred feet assured distance before bashing out those next few letters.
I bet 90% of wrecks caused by text messages were from idiots who weren't even smart enough to hold the phone at road level to enable your peripheral vision to see obstructions. I know just out of frequency theres been MANY times people have slammed on the brakes in front of me mid text message. Oddly enough I can say I've NEVER had a close call that would have been a cell phone related incident.
In regards to talking on the phone, hands free is obviously cool but realistically unnecessary. If I'm driving while talking and I need to quickly steer if its that important, the phones priority level is going to drop about as fast as it flies across my car.
Bottom line is ... . If you have down syndrome but have a license, consider yourself lucky and dont push your limits. EVERY single wreck that involves a phone on the ground is going to get called a "cell phone related accident" just like they do w/ drugs and alcohol. Its an easy way for lawmakers to make revenue generating laws their FUNDRAISERS (Traffic cops) can collect.
Handsfree devices generally still involve just as much phone interaction as simply using the phone, keep in mind one of these options you probably already know how to do pretty well.
Second nature perhaps could be the thing that saves your life.