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The 13-year-old daughter of a friend of mine was run down and killed while walking to school by a driver who was talking on her cell phone. (This was in Lebanon, OR in September a couple years ago.) I was rear-ended by someone chatting on her phone.
A study was done that showed people who talk on cells while driving are as impaired as drunks. It's the mental distraction, not the physical handling of the phone. Similarly, a person in the car next to you can tell when traffic conditions take priority. The person on the other end of a phone conversation cannot.
This SHOULD happen and should be a primary offense. Any of you who thinks you can handle it fine... well, you sound like any drunk walking out of the bar who says, "It's only a couple of blocks away." You're putting MY life in danger, so hang up and pay attention to the road.
posted 4 years ago
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