Using a hand-held cell phone. People of all ages are using a variety of hand-held devices, such as cell phones, mp3 players, personal digital assistants, and navigation devices, when they are behind the At any given moment during the daylight hours, over 800,000 vehicles are being driven by someone wheel...

4. Is it safe to use hands-free (headset, speakerphone, or other device) cell phones while driving?

The available research indicates that whether it is a hands-free or hand-held decided, the cognitive distraction is significant enough to degrade a driver’s performance. The driver is more likely to miss key
visual and audio alertness to avoid a crash.

5. Is talking on a cell phone any worse than having a conversation with someone in the car?

Some research finding shows both activities to be equally risky, while others show cell phone use to be more risky. A significant difference between the two is the fact that a passenger can monitor the driving situation along with the driver and pause for, an alert the driver to, potential hazards, whereas a person on the other end of the phone line is unaware to the roadway situation. In New Jersey if the person on the phone with the driver is aware he is talking with a driver and an accident occurs he can be sued. Who’s to say when this liability will spread to other states?

6. What, if anything, is NHTSA doing to try to combat this problem?

NHTSA is conducting a research projects on driver cell phone use and will continue to monitor the research of others in this subject. As we learn more and as wireless technologies evolve and expand, NHTSA will make its
findings public.

Teenagers are dying and being injured every day because too many drivers are focusing on using a handheld phone instead of on the road. That’s why the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Consumer Report have joined together to help parents and educators raise awareness of this danger and here are the FACTS

Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens Mile for mile; they are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. And one in three teens who text says they have done so while driving. Steps you can take:

Set a good example: kids learn from their parents. Put down your phone while driving and only use it when you’ve safely pulled off the road. According to the Pew Research Center, 40 % of teens 12 to 17 say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put themselves or others in danger.

Talk to your teen- Discuss the risks and responsibilities of driving, and the danger of dividing their attention between a cell phone and the road. Show them the statistics relate to distracted driving. And urge them to talk to other friends Friends take care of friends.

Establish ground rules- Set up family rules about not texting or talking on a handheld cell phone while behind the wheel, Enforce the limits set by your State’s and create your own family policies.

Sign a pledge- Have your teen take action by agreeing t family contract about wearing a safety belts and not speeding, driving after drinking, or using a cell phone behind the wheel. Agree on penalties for violating the pledge, including paying of tickets or loss of driving privileges (remember your teens license belongs
to you until they turn 18)

Educate yourself- Find out more about this tragic problem. View the information and resources available at and The more you know the more you will understand the seriousness of the issue.

spread the word- Get involved in education and promoting safe driving in your community and through online social-media websites. Talk to friends, family, and coworkers. And support advocacy organization such as the National Organizations for Youth Safety ( and Focus Driven (

DISTRACTED DRIVING-has become a deadly epidemic on America’s roads, and teens are especially vulnerable because of their inexperience behind the wheel and often peer pressure.

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Explain the whole content and ask question if they don’t understand any part of it. Have them sign it and if they don’t abide by the contract just don’t give out the keys. Or simply create your own.

Good luck

Note: within 30 days of obtaining traffic citation and prior to take a traffic safety course you need to inform the Clerk of the Court on your county that you are electing to take the ticket class BDI.

Go to and seek information about the Move over law, many people don’t know about the move over law.

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