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Confiscating Cell Phones – The Best Driving Deterrent Yet

Flickr user Ryan Harvey

I don’t think a day goes by on the roads of New Jersey that I don’t see someone either holding their cell phone up to their ear while driving or, worse yet, looking down and obviously texting while behind the wheel. Both are illegal in NJ.

Actually it’s pretty amazing what I’ve seen people doing behind the wheel lately. Just this past weekend I saw someone using an iPad while they were driving (really? Angry Birds can’t wait?). And don’t even get me started on people’s dogs sitting on their laps while driving (which, by the way, is also now illegal in the Garden State).

Obviously, the threat of a fine hasn’t been enough to deter people from these dangerous practices.

But I think Capetown, South Africa has come up with a great deterrent…what’s more frightening to a teen or a young adult than the threat of having their phone taken away from them?

What do you think, is this a fair punishment or going too far? Chime in on the comments section below and tell us what you think of possible phone confiscation. While you’re at it, what’s the craziest (or most dangerous) thing you’ve seen someone do beind the wheel?


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