Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated May 27, 2010)
Just about everyone seems to have a cell phone in today's society. In fact, according to some recent data, roughly 89% of adults in the United States have a cell phone and use it regularly. A rash of new laws across America reflects this, since more and more states are passing laws that designate cell phone usage while driving as a form of distracted or impaired driving.
States such as California, Connecticut and New Jersey all have bans that prohibit the use of all cell phones while driving unless in the case of some emergency. As many as seventeen states have passed laws that prohibit the use of cell phones by novice drivers and a similar number of states also prohibit the use of cell phones by school bus drivers. With such laws being passed, the safest thing to do when it comes to using a cell phone while driving is simple—don't do it. However, if you find yourself either unwilling or incapable of putting down that phone, then there are a few things that you can do to be a little more careful and safe when driving and talking.
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