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It is becoming increasingly difficult to dispute the dangers of talking on a cell phone while driving. Consider the results of several recent studies, both here and abroad:
-New research from Perth, Australia concludes motorists who use cell phones while driving are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.
-In June, a Virginia Tech study indicated the distraction of cell phones and other wireless devices was far more likely to lead to crashes than other distractions faced by drivers.
-Earlier this year, University of Utah researchers found drivers who talked on cell phones were 18 percent slower in hitting their brakes than drivers who didn’t use cell phones.
With study after study reaching similar conclusions, isn’t it time the motoring public took heed? Isn’t it reasonable to conclude that talking on a cell phone while driving is an activity no responsible individual would make a habit of doing?
In KSL’s view, there comes a time when the convenience offered by cell phone use must be judged against the hazards they pose.
Of course it would be best if motorists would voluntarily restrict their use of cell phones while driving. Otherwise, the time may be approaching for widespread legal restrictions to be imposed on cell phone driving.