When the radio was first introduced in the automobile, there was much discussion about banning it's use while driving. I do not think the act of conversing with another via the cell phone is any different or distracting than speaking with the person sitting in the car with you. The problem with cell phone use comes into play when the driver takes his or her hand off the steering wheel to hold the phone to his ear and their eyes off the road to look up and/or dial a number; or to answer an incoming call. There are hands-free kits that can be easily installed in cars (or Bluetooth pieces to place in your ear) that allow the driver to keep his or her hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road while speaking on the cell phone. I think a better use of our federal regulators efforts would be spent requiring the automobile industry to include hands-free devices in all new cars.