Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Cell Phone and Distracted Driving Laws – Highlights of the Week

As creators of the world’s first Wireless Leash for mobile phones, we strive to always keep up with news surrounding phones. A hot topic these days is, of course, distracted driving laws. Many states are implementing “hands-free only” laws, which is why we pulled a few highlights from the news this week:

1)    Too much texting, talking: D.C. nears record number of citations

With laws in place that outlaw the use of hand-held devices while driving, Police in Washington, D.C. are busy. Metro Police in D.C. are on pace to issue 14,784 distracted driving tickets this year. Through September, they had already issued 11,088 phone-related citations.

2)    New cell phone laws fuel sales of hand-free devices

With a newly enforced cell phone ban in Maryland, and one taking effect in Delaware at the beginning of 2011, sales of hands-free devices are at an “all-time high.”

3)    Sheriffs crack down on distracted drivers

Two plainclothes officers patrolled the streets of Norwalk, California, Tuesday, in order to crack down on distracted drivers. They have issued 164 tickets; 129 for talking on cell phones and 35 for texting. Many of these citations could have been avoided by simply utilizing a hands-free device.

Remember, most of these driving laws allow you to use a hands-free Bluetooth device. ZOMM is a great option, because it is not only a Wireless Leash for your phone, but also a speakerphone with noise-canceling microphone. This makes it ideal for taking calls while on the go. Since answering a call only requires you to press a button, your hands are free to stay on the wheel. Learn more about ZOMM on our website.

Do you live in an area with cell phone/distracted driving laws like these? Have the laws changed the way you use a cell phone while driving? Tell us your story in the comments section below.

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