More Drivers Ticketed for Using Cell Phone While Driving

June 29, 2009 at 1:44 pm Leave a comment

Although it has been almost a year since California outlawed the use of handheld cell phones while driving, many drivers are flat-out ignoring the law. However, California law enforcement has not forgotten and the number of tickets given to California drivers is going up. In fact, for the month of May, law enforcement issued roughly 12,500 tickets for talking on a handheld cell phone or texting while driving.

But more than the threat of having to pay for a traffic ticket, talking on a cell phone while driving can also be a threat to your life. The National Safety Council says that talking on a cell phone while driving is extremely dangerous whether you hold it in your hand or use a hands-free or bluetooth device. In addition, Car and Driver Magazine, recently published a study showing that texting while driving impairs your reaction time as much as driving drunk.

Although police cannot accurately count the number of auto-related fatalities are related to talking or texting while driving, cell phone usage is linked to many auto accidents each year.

To avoid harming yourself, your family, or anyone else riding in your car or in another car, answer your phone once you get to your destination. Remember, your life is more important than the cell phone company’s customer service survey call.


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