The other day I saw a woman driving with a dog on her lap; the dog was sticking his head out the window. I thought to myself, boy that's got to be unsafe — certainly as unsafe as talking on a cell phone — and I wondered if she would get pulled over and ticketed.
Later that morning, I almost rear-ended the car in front of me after I spilled hot coffee on my lap. Unsafe? Yep, but not illegal. And having a conversation with a passenger in my car is probably as distracting as have a conversation on my cell phone.