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Distracted Cell Phone Drivers DGT (don't go there) in April

Since California enacated a ban on hand-held cell phone use in 2008, deaths due to cell phone use have dropped.

If you hold your phone or send out text messages while driving in April, you may just end up with a ticket in your hand.

This month is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has identified texting and cell phone use as the fastest growing and most visible factors in collisions.

Since California enacted a ban on hand-held cell phone use in 2008, deaths due to cell phone use have dropped.

An analysis released this week by the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) at the University of California, Berkeley, showed that when looking at state crash records two years before and two years after the hand-held ban went into effect, overall traffic deaths went down 22 percent while hand-held cell phone driver deaths went down 47 percent.

Similar results were shown for hands-free cell phone use as well as injuries in both categories. 

“These results suggest that the law banning hand-held cell phone use while driving had a positive impact on reducing traffic fatalities and injuries,” said Dr. David Ragland, Director of SafeTREC.

MagnusT April 07, 2012 at 11:55 PM
California Vehicle Code section 23123. (a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone... http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc23123.htm So plug it into your cigarette lighter charger, and it's no longer wireless. Tada! See kids? Playing lawyer is fun AND easy!
Bryon Bruce April 09, 2012 at 02:01 AM
MagnusT: Keep both hands on the wheel and look forward, i just might ram you.
MagnusT April 09, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Why are you threatening me with physical violence?
arianna jane calderon July 29, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Keep your eyes on the road. And when driving set your phone into hands-free you still can take calls when necessary. http://www.cpr-tampabay.com

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