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Your Call Is Important To Us. But Not While Driving!
Posted 12/29/2011 11:35:00 AM

Do you use your cell phone while you drive? I ask because the National Transportation Safety Board is calling on states to ban non emergency use of cell phones in the car. I have no problem with this. Here's why. Every single day, whether I'm on my way to work, or leaving, I see a driver doing something dangerous on the road. And if I have a chance to look in the drivers side window, more often than not, that person is chatting away on the phone.

 

It's not that seeing someone oblivious to their surroundings or or holding up traffic by driving slow is annoying, it's more serious than that. Many times, I've had to slam on my breaks because the offending driver was using the cell. In fact, just last week, Roger and I were at a mall, and someone talking on the phone pulled out in front of us. Even when we honked the horn, this person wasn't even aware of what was happening. So sad.

 

I know, many will say banning cell phone use would be an inconvenience. I understand that. But being distracted in the car can be dangerous and sometimes deadly. Why not do everything possible to stay safe by keeping our eyes on the road? So if the cell phone ban is unrealistic, how about this? Why not make your call in the parking lot or the sidewalk before you start to drive? That's a good time to tell the person on the other end of the phone that you just picked up the milk at the grocery store and you're on your way home and you'll tell them all about what happened at the office when you get there!

Posted By: Nancy Quill  

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  1. RichardH_9038 posted on 12/21/2011 06:49 PM
    I was in charge of global driver safety for a major company and cell phone use was one of the biggest safety problems we faced. That's why it is banned in many countries. I'm amazed that the moms in their two tons of four wheel drive think that talking on their cell whilst navigating the elementary school car park is in any way a great idea! Would they be happy to send their 7 year old to a big warehouse where the staff were driving a fork lift one handed whilst engaged in a conversation with a friend?
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