Monday, September 18, 2006

TOPIC: Driving & Cell phones -- A Dangerous Combination
Reuters reports...
California has banned motorists from talking on cell phones unless they use a headset or speakerphone. The law will not take effect until July 1, 2008, to allow time to educate the public.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed the measure, urged Californians not to wait until then to put down their phones while driving, citing government data showing those who held their phones while driving were involved in 15 times more accidents than those with hands-free setups.
"The simple fact is that it is really dangerous to talk on a cell phone and drive at the same time," Schwarzenegger said. "It's very important for people to know ... stop using the cell phone right now, because you are putting people at risk."

I know this to be 100% true -- especially for women and teens. OK, I know that was a cheauvanistic remark, but true nonetheless. Many (NOT all) women have their cell phones glued to their ears the entire time they're in the car. Worse yet, inexperienced kids -- who don't really know how to drive in the first place -- slumped back in their little ricers; racing around with cell phones stuck to their faces. No wonder women and kids have the highest accident rates in the nation.
I can't tell you how many near misses I've witnessed that included people talking on cell phones and not paying attention to the 3000 lb. vehicle they are piloting. PUT THE CELL PHONE DOWN AND DRIVE! If you truly need to talk while driving, buy a $10 headset or Bluetooth and keep BOTH hands on the wheel! It's a no-brainer folks.

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