Highway commuting is always environmentally incorrect, as well as a waste of time and energy, but the ignorant use of cell phones while doing it is politically correct and even considered normal by many, regardless of the known dangers. It is considered a ‘necessity’ or at least allowable when driving because the penalty in the court of political correctness for missing a call is apparently higher than that doled out for breaking the laws of the land. Those who do it think nothing is so natural. What a load of bullshit! When did answering a phone outweigh all other considerations and turning one off become a capital offence?
Telephones can be a convenience, but one doesn't have to be tied to them. People were liberated from their land-lines by the use of answering machines or ‘voice mail' as the process is now quaintly called. Personally I don’t have one and I usually won’t talk to a machine unless there’s money to be made from it, but for those who have the service it perhaps allows them to enjoy home life without feeling obligated to answer a telephone. Cell phones are supposed to make life easier too, so it’s unfortunate that those with them can’t emancipate themselves from their devices by shutting them off to try living free again – at least once in a while.