Wake-Up Call For Drivers On Cell Phones

By: Lindsay Shively Email
By: Lindsay Shively Email

Even though technology allows us to get in touch no matter where we are or what we're doing, it doesn't always mean we should. The Kansas Highway Patrol says using a cell phone while driving is just a bad idea.

Whether its for business or pleasure, it isn't hard to find someone gabbing on their cell phone while driving. "I don't make a lot of personal calls while I'm at work," says Debbie Griffith. "So as soon as 5:00 p.m. hits, I'm on the cell phone in my car to find out what I missed."

"It only takes one thing to go wrong and to crash," says Trooper Timothy McCool.

In 2007, 350 people crashed on Kansas highways because of a cell phone distraction. In those, 161 people suffered injuries and seven people died.

So McCool says if you have to be on the phone, pull over. Another good option - just let it go to voicemail.

If you think the 2 seconds it takes to take your eyes off the road and answer your cell phone isn't a problem, think again. If you're going 60 miles an hour, you'll travel 60 yards or from the 50 yard line to the goal post, in just 2 seconds.

"Twenty years ago we didn't have cell phones and we got along just fine, didn't we?" says McCool.


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