DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Many states over the past year have considered banning the use of hand-held cellular phones while driving, but so far only one -- New York -- has taken that step.
More than 2,000 tickets have been issued since the ban took effect Nov. 1 and at least 20 states have begun tracking cell phone involvement in traffic accidents, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Even so, states may be reluctant to single out cell phones, which business people on the go consider essential, said conference spokesman Bill Wyatt.
"State legislatures are looking at it within the bigger picture," Wyatt said. "Are cell phones the only problem? How different is using a cell phone while driving than putting on your makeup or tuning the radio?"
Last year, cell phone legislation was introduced in 43 states, 35 of them calling for an outright ban on the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.
Some safety advocates believe the legislation has been stalled by powerful cell phone lobbyists.
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