This has zero, zilch, nada to do with safety. Think about it. There are 10's of millions of cell phones on the road that weren't there in the 1980's. And yet, death and injury statistics remain flat, taking into account the number of additional cars on the road in general. We should be seeing an exponential increase in such accidents and yet we don't. The truth is, the same guy who plowed into your backside while on the phone would have done the same 30 years ago lighting a cigarette, taking a bite of a sandwich or any other distracting activities.
Studies done comparing states with and without cell phone bans show NO reduction in accidents even though phone use has been reduced significantly in the banning states. That matches the overall comparative statistics between 1980's and current accident rates.
From an automobile insurance study (a group that would obviously love to pay out for fewer accidents):
"While the bans have resulted in actual reductions in phone use, they have not resulted in any reduction in crash rates, according to the Institute.
The Institute found similar results from bans on text messaging while driving. In fact, in a strange twist, texting bans actually resulted in more crashes in several states, according to an IIHS study."
I heard the head of NTSB on the radio and she says CBs in trucks should be banned as well. The interviewer didn't think to ask about taxi radios but I'm sure she would have said ban those, given her mindset -- namely, that she is smarter than the rest of us and needs to rescue us from ourselves. She was asked about passengers in the car and gave a lame excuse that the talking passengers counted as extra navigators. Yeah, so many 7 year olds are great at that aren't they? The best a passenger has ever done is yell "watch out" when you are either too close to do anything or far enough away that you already noticed the same danger.
Someone should pull a Michael Moore on her and follow and film her, because I suspect we'd find her on her own cell phone more than off.
If you don't feel safe using a phone or any other device including a car radio, then I agree with you, pull over to the side of the road. But please don't impose your fear on others.
The NTSB wants to mandate always-on tracking devices in every car, are you all also in favor of that? They say that's for our safety as well.