For anyone who is a frequent pedestrian on San Francisco’s streets, the sight of an approaching driver clutching the wheel with one hand and a cell phone with the other can be a frightening sight. Will the driver see the stop sign? Will he or she notice the pedestrian trying to cross in a crosswalk and refrain from making a turn? Starting July 1, drivers will not be allowed to use cell phones unless they have a hands-free system, either a headset or speaker. This may inconvenience some drivers who have become far too accustomed to treating their cars as an extension of their homes, but it will mke the city safer for the rest of us. Three cheers for sensible government regulation!
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