Here's hoping auto manufacturers and dealers heed David Kushma's advice to tell drivers to "Hang up, for your own safety and everyone else's."
We would welcome their involvement in enacting legislation, pending in California, which our group and others have been supporting.
This legislation, which is also supported by the National Transportation Safety Board, would prohibit cell phone use, except for emergencies, among teenage drivers holding a provisional driver's license.
While it does not go as far as Kushma advocated, since it is limited to beginning drivers, it's an important step toward reducing risks associated with cell phone use among those drivers who are already at greatest risk of being in a crash.
Heaven knows, teenage drivers do not need another distraction.
Unfortunately, the bill got bogged down this session. But it has been made into a "two-year" bill that is expected to be revived next year.