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July 21st, 2009
03:22 PM ET

Documents: Report on cell phones and driving safety

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Program Note: Tonight on AC360°, we will take a closer look at just how unsafe it is to use a cell phone will driving. Posted below is a U.S. Department of Transportation report obtained by the New York Times that outlines the safety complications.

Click here to read the full Department of Transportation report.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Documents • Keeping Them Honest
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Greg Reinhart

    Anything that takes away from a driver's attention is dangerous but does that mean the government needs to make new laws? On my way to work I saw people putting on makeup, reading the newspaper, eating, drinking, smoking, leaning down to adjust the radio or AC and those who are car pooling are talking actively with one another.

    I can appreciate wanting drivers to pay attention while they are driving but that can only be achieved by individuals taking responsibility for their own actions, not by police issuing citations

    July 22, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  2. Isabel • Brazil •

    @ Enough

    People know how dangerous is driving and talking on the phone, but still do. People do not even use the headset to keep hands free though it is law in most places.

    It is important that media draw attention to this problem of modern times and who knows them aware one or another person. Already will be valid!

    July 21, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  3. Enough

    Anyone with half a brain KNOWS it is unsafe. Do we really need TV shows and reports to tell us how unsafe it is? Ever drive behind someone on a cell phone? Driving takes all your concentration, people get into wrecks trying to swat a fly. Handsfree is the only way you can use a cell phone in California and I think that is still too much. The phone conversation itself is a distraction from the road.

    July 21, 2009 at 3:41 pm |