Well there is something worse than the combination of cell phones and driving... Cell phones and traveling, apparently, are a lethal combination. I am a gate agent for SkyWest airlines, and I think I've seen it all until I go back to work the next day. In one day I had a passenger standing in front of the gate miss her flight because she was on her phone!!! Can you believe that? Her full name was blaring over the intercom and she was right there, and still managed to miss her flight. The sad part was (if you can really sympathize with her) she had to get to her final destination that night for fear of losing her job. That, unfortunately was the last flight we had so to go through another city it was going to cost her over $1400!! That was an expensive phone call!
That same day, my colleague/friend had a passenger who was supposed to go to Dallas on a flight that was leaving out of a gate that had a flight to Seattle departing before his flight. He stayed in the boarding area and patiently awaited for his flight to Dallas to board. However, he spent that whole waiting period on the phone and must have lost track of time. He got in line, still on his phone, and boarded his flight about an hour too soon. The plane was well in the air before he discovered he was headed in the wrong direction. He got to Seattle just to find out he had to go back through Salt Lake City to get to Dallas. He finally made it where he originally intended to go, only about six hours later than planned on. That was one conversation that was a complete waste of time!