Cell Phone Use While Driving

Drivers who talk on a mobile phone are four times more likely to be involved in a serious accident. It has been found that individuals have a higher incident of an accident within ten minutes of initiating a cell phone conversation. Nearly 80% of crashes and 65% of near crashes involve some form of driver inattention within three seconds before the event.

The use of a hands-free cell phone does not reduce the chance of having an accident. It's the conversation and not the device that distracts the driver. Just listening to someone talk on the cell phone while you are driving is going to reduce the quality of your driving performance.

Talking on a cell phone while driving causes what is now called "inattention blindness." The driver looks but does not always see things that are there such as pedestrians, stop signs, traffic signals, or other vehicles. The analogy has been made that drivers talking on cell phones are as prone to accidents as those who drive drunk.

Driving and road conditions require your full attention. Can you risk your safety and the safety of others for a cell phone conversation?

Please drive safe and remember to buckle up.


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