If the sight of the driver to your right on the interstate, chatting away on his cell phone gets you angry, you’ve got a right to be. Various studies have shown that driving while talking on a cell phone can be as dangerous as driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit. Estimates of the number of U.S. traffic fatalities caused by cell phone talking while driving are generally in the 2,000 – 3,000 range with one hundred times as many injuries. The best remedy for the menace of cell phone traffic accidents, would be common sense by most drivers and a realization that the common practice is anti-social and dangerous. Failing a sudden epidemic of common sense, legislation and tough enforcement need to be implemented. Enacting legislation will be tough given the lobbying power of the cell phone industry. The effort, though, coupled with public education, can save thousands of lives each year.
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