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Local Viewpoint - Driving - 9/23

By Ted Fortenberry - bio | email

AAA of the Carolinas has launched a new campaign aimed at cell phone users who talk and text while driving. "You drive. You dial. You die." is one message on signs going up around the area at local convenience stores.

Unfortunately, most everyone who owns a cell phone, myself included, has talked on a phone while driving. Because of the danger, many states have passed legislation to ban talking on cell phones unless you are using a hands free device. Experts say even when using those options you still dramatically increase your chances of getting into an accident.

Now the issue is not only talking, but texting while driving.

AAA says eight out of 10 crashes occur while the driver is distracted. They hope the campaign will make drivers think twice before using a cell phone while on the road. The group also stresses that if you need to use your cell phone while driving, you should  pull over on the side of the road, and use it only when absolutely necessary.

These are common sense measures we should all follow. Risking your life and the lives of others is not worth taking that call or sending that text. It can wait.

As the campaign promotes: Hang up and drive!

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