We used to use things like hammers or cars to augment our physical abilities. But computers and phones augment our mental capabilities by allowing us to store and access information outside of our brains.
When it comes to street safety, there's some good news and some bad news. The good news is that nationwide drunk driving rates are dropping significantly. The bad news is that distracted driving research is far less promising.
The STAND UP ACT is a mistake and should be reconsidered. If this bill's supporters believe new drivers need time to ease into driving then this bill should apply to all new drivers, not just new drivers under 18.
When taxi drivers find themselves alone in their cabs -- as they often do -- with psychopaths, scam artists, or even just garden-variety drunken idiots, that little hands-free device can be a lifeline.