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Cell Phones and Distracted Driving by Gail Stewart

By Gail Stewart

Cellphones, whereas delivering a simple potential communique, were mentioned because the reason for millions of lethal using injuries in the course of the usa. via aim overviews, fundamental resources, and full-color illustrations, this name examines The Distractions of riding, The technological know-how of Distraction, mobile phones and the legislations, Have legislation lowered cellphone Distraction? different Efforts to lessen cellular phone Use by means of Drivers.

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Carley Schwartz, personal interview by author, Minneapolis, MN, July 5, 2013. 9. Schwartz, personal interview. 10. Matt Richtel, “Digital Billboards, Diversions Drivers Can’t Escape,” New York Times, March 1, 2010. 11. ” 12. Caaqil Iqbal, personal interview by author, Minneapolis, MN, August 3, 2013. 13. Kevin Rofidal, personal interview by author, Edina, MN, July 23, 2013. 63 14. Roeske, personal interview. 15. Roeske, personal interview. 16. Quoted in From One Second to the Next, documentary, directed by Werner Herzog.

68 55 Apps to Discourage Distracted Driving Though technology has been largely responsible for the rising numbers of cell phone–related accidents, it can also be a part of the solution. Some cell phone makers, as well as providers like Sprint and AT&T, have developed apps that promote safe driving habits. For example, the Sprint app, known as Drive First, locks the phone when the car is traveling faster than 10 miles per hour (16 kph). When the phone is locked, incoming calls are transferred automatically to voice mail.

Politicians may hear from their constituents that they want some regulation, but one of the most powerful forces behind legislation is the wellpublicized death of a victim of distracted driving—often a child or teenager. One example is nine-year-old Erica Forney of Fort Collins, Colorado, whose death in 2008 was a strong motivation for Colorado lawmakers to limit cell phone use by drivers. On November 25 Erica was riding her bicycle home from school. She was only two houses from home when she was hit head-on by a Ford Expedition SUV.

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