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Ads focused on distracted drivers

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We've all been guilty of it at some point, but using your cell phone while driving is clearly a dangerous distraction - especially texting. Highway patrol and police say it's tough to prove distracted driving as the cause of a crash because that would mean those involved in the accident would have to admit to the distraction. AAA's new ad campaign warns drivers of the dangers of using cell phones while behind the wheel, but some drivers say using their cell phone is a hard habit to break. "I think a little bit of habit a little bit of convenience, I don't know what I would have done without my cell phone ten years ago, I don't know what I would have done without it,” said Wilmington resident Nicole Mitchell. The advertisements can be seen at more than 50 gas stations in our state, eight of them in New Hanover County. According to AAA, New Hanover County is one of five counties in the state said to be the most prone for car accidents. Some drivers say a simple ad at a gas station won't make people change. "An ad campaign is not going to stop, you can have as many ads out as you want, you have to change the law,” said Charlotte Rosenberg from New York. "I hope I would stop using my cell phone in the car, when I use it, it makes me nervous, and when I see other people using it, it makes me nervous,” Mitchell said. Jesse Hudson of Wilmington said, "I still think I would do it anyways, and I don't think my friends would stop. We have to talk on our cell phones, and texting, I'm addicted to text messaging." Cell phone usage proved dangerous this weekend when authorities confirmed 23 people dead after a commuter train crashed in Los Angeles. The conductor was said to be text messaging while at the controls. A nationwide study shows eight out of ten drivers believe distracted driving is a serious problem. Fifty-three percent said they talked and drove in the past thirty days. Fourteen percent said they sent or read a text message while driving. AAA said this new ad will be read a few million times, hopefully enough to convince drivers to keep their eyes on the road. "Theres too much to see here, and you've got a lot of young drivers, a lot of elderly drivers, and the fact is, all you need is a little bit of distraction,” Rosenberg said. The ad campaign was released the end of last week, so people should be seeing the ads up at gas stations in the area sometime this week.

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I've got it... Install "dead

I've got it... Install "dead zones" in all vehicles (like at some stores when you can't get service) and make it part of your vehicle inspection requirements. All of this gibberish about cell phone use while driving will come to an end :-) Science says we can place a space craft on Mars...we can do this :-)!

Cell Phones

Finally, someone other than law enforcement has seen that there is a problem with cell phone users and driving. As an emergency services worker, I have seen all too often a person, especially a young person who is using a cell phone or text messaging and not paying attention to the road. The distraction causes them to not pay attention to their surroundings and when responding to an emergency call, they generally do not heed the sirens and often cause us to have to make a move in traffic that is dangerous and could cause a wreck. Why do people have to have the thing glued to their ear or have the little Dr. Spock toy in their ear when they are driving? Can we not wait a few minutes or find a safe place to pull off? It is obvious that they just cannot go a short time without "connecting" Sorry commentary for our social skills and how we think we just have to make that call regardless of unimportant it may be!

Here's the bottom line on cell phone use while driving

The amount of impairment is directly related to the percentage of your brain dedicated to the conversation. Here's what I mean... If the old lady calls and asks you what you want for dinner, you can answer the question, tell her you love her, and even mention the big sale you just scored with no problem. No impairment. Piece of cake! When she calls and asks you where the key to the garage side door is, or where the 2005 tax returns would be, because they're not in the filing cabinet, all bets are off. You might just as well have stopped and slammed down four martinis. I've caught myself doing it! As the amount of brain power (especially detailed memory) required by the conversation climbs, your driving skills go right down the drain and your driver awareness turns to unconscious oblivion. It's like trying to run two RAM intensive programs on your computer. The most common sign is driving too slowly, causing people to tailgate and pass you. The light turned green five seconds ago, but you're still sitting there, thinking about where that key could be. You miss turns. You hang in the left lane while people pass you in the right. So if the conversation is more than "What's for dinner," for God's sake pull over to yakk.