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Pledge to Stop Distracted Driving

Although many states have created laws restricting or banning the use of cell phones, traffic fatalities related to cell phone use still kill hundreds of people each year and leave thousands of others injured—sometimes for life. Safe Kids USA, a non-profit agency dedicated to reducing accidental childhood injury through education, has created a pledge to stop distracted driving.

When you sign the pledge, you agree to stop talking or testing while driving, as well as any other activity that would divert your attention from the road while driving. The less people who drive distracted, the less accidents will occur. And that means saving hundreds of lives and preventing thousands of injuries.

Click here for more information and to sign the pledge.

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October 1, 2009 at 5:00 am 2 comments

Cell Phones and 911: What You Need to Know

A recent story out of Alabama, published in the Shelby County Reporter, highlights some important information you need to know when making a 911 call from a cell phone.

First, although Jack Bauer may be able to pin point a cell phone using a radio and a stick of gum, most likely your local emergency response does not have the ability to quickly triangulate your exact position. In fact, because of the prevalence of cell phone towers, you could stand in the same place, make two calls a minute apart, and they might get picked up by two different towers. These towers may be in a neighboring town or counties, making it hard for 911 dispatchers to quickly assess exactly which agency needs to be dispatched and to what location.

Second, the problems that arise from pinpointing cell phone location require callers to know and report their exact location to 911 dispatchers. Although, in an emergency, it is easy to panic and forget or misreport your location, when you call from a cell phone, it is important to tell the dispatcher what county and city you live in, along with an exact address.

Keeping this information in mind will help emergency services locate and help you faster and easier.

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September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

More Drivers Ticketed for Using Cell Phone While Driving

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

Keep Tabs on Your Child with New Cell Phone Applications

Now that cell phones have become a ubiquitous aspect of our society, it makes sense for parents to learn about ways that they can use them to help keep their children safe. Many cell phone providers now offer applications that let parents track the location and usage of their children’s phones. These application not only allow you to see if your child is at school when they are supposed to be, but they also let parents set limits on texting, hours of use, internet content, downloads, and more.

The Miami-Dade Herald just posted an interesting article on the subject, that I suggest reading for more information. Also, you can search individual cell phone service provider websites for specifics on what parental control and child safety applications they offer.


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June 1, 2009 at 6:04 pm 2 comments



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