When I take a US Taxi, I'm noticing more and more that the drivers either text or call on hand-held phones while driving, both of which make me feel unsafe. Say, as unsafe as seeing an open beer can in the cup holder.
I'm familiar with statistics that pretty conclusively show that calling and texting while driving distracts you enough to make you unsafe, arguably more unsafe than driving intoxicated. To that end, I'd like to ask the driver to put the phone down for the duration of the trip, the same way I would ask my friends or parents to keep their phones put away with me as a passenger. But I'm also aware that taxi drivers do this for a living and probably know way more than I do about safe driving habits.
Is it reasonable for me expect the driver not to use their phone while driving? And if so, is it acceptable for me to request that the driver hold off on using it while I'm in the car with them?