It seems like every time that I look at a news site or a new law that's passed it's about banning texting and driving. For example police departments have started to purchase special vehicles that can spot texters, and there are stories about new laws and campaigns popping up all over the country. It's annoying, because according to the government's own statistics cell phones are responsible for around 1% of distracted driving accidents. In-car distractions account for 18% of accidents, while cell phones are a factor in only 0.2%. According to the government's own statistics you're 30 times more likely to crash by looking at a road side advertisement than by texting and driving. This makes sense considering that despite how distracted someone gets while operating their phone, they are in full control of when and where they do it, while a road side distraction will happen all of a sudden and be uncontrollable. So why don't we hear politicians organizations etc, trying to ban billboards? Which are far more deadly. It seems to me that all of this outrage is mostly aimed at pandering rather than saving lives. If people were interested in actually saving lives from distracted driving cell phones would be the absolute last category to target using any rational logic at all. They are the smallest statistical contributor to distracted driving. Applying make-up while driving, eating, talking to passengers and road side distractions are all orders of magnitude more deadly.