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New Yorkers yesterday were receptive to a possible national ban of all cell phones — including hands free devices — while driving. But they doubt such a law would be observed or could be enforced.

“You can kill someone” by not staying 100 percent focused on the road, said Stacey Sitt of Coney Island. Hands-free devices, she said, are even worse, as drivers feel “more confident,” about their ability to juggle steering and jabbering.

Last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said his agency has started research that may eventually lead to a proposal to ban drivers from using all cell phones. He told Bloomberg News that his research would include the use of Bluetooth-enabled hands-free calls and the in-car systems.

LaHood also said he plans to meet with car manufacturers — who are developing even more in-car entertainment and information systems — to discuss what they might to voluntarily to reduce distracted driving.
David Vega, 47, of South Ozone Park, would love to see a total ban and vigorous enforcement.

Vega almost became a “distracted driving” fatality himself when he was on the Long Island Expressway and the car next to him drifted perilously close as its driver was texting.

“I honked and she dropped the phone.” Vega said. “It was surreal.”



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