Driver cellphone usage on the rise!

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Thomas Ricker
December 16, 2005 7:00 AM
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Driver cellphone usage on the rise! image

Cellphone drivingDespite the best efforts of lawmakers, cellphone usage while driving continued to increase in 2005 according to an annual National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey. Currently, about 10 percent of drivers "in a typical daylight moment" are either yapping directly into their cellphone or waving their arms in tune with their handsfree system. That's up from 8 percent just last year and pretty much on par with the number of noon-time drivers you'll likely see sloppin' down a McGooble and dabbing special sauce off their ties. About 4 percent of drivers were found to use hands-free devices, but the NHTSA and others, don't believe these technologies improve safety. And mark our words, there will be more laws to prove it! [warning: PDF link]


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