I'm not sure about the hand-held cell phone law. I think it's a bit extreme. I mean, talking to the person sitting next to you can be more distracting than talking on the phone. Or changing CDs, or blowing your nose.
But I do agree that texting while driving is utterly ridiculous and I think it's an appropriate law. Texters (which I have done while driving) spend more time looking at the text message and keypad than watching the road where ittle kids and skateboards and really bad drivers can appear in front of you in the blink of an eye.
Today I watched a You Tube video about texting while driving. It's a recreation of an accident. It's bloody, just to warn you. But I bet you never text again after you see it.