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Talking while driving

We live in such a fast-paced world that many people feel the need to multi-task in order to save time. One of the places people multi-task is in their car. It’s not uncommon to see people driving and eating. But some people will test the limits by driving and doing other things that could be a distraction and considered dangerous: driving and putting on makeup; shaving; driving and reading; and even driving and changing their clothes. So, where does talking or texting on your cell phone fall into the mix?According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project Web site, “Twenty-seven percent of adults say they have sent or read text messages while driving, while 61 percent have talked on a cell phone while driving.” Is it safe to use a cell phone while driving? Should it be illegal? That’s the question four people answered for this month’s Streetwise.Source:

Sherry Zimmerman
Colorado Springs
Definitely. Yes, I think it should be illegal to talk on your cell phone while driving, unless it is a hands-free phone. It is dangerous, and people are distracted. I don’t even own a cell phone.

Patrick Cassidy
Colorado Springs
No, it should not be illegal. Well, for kids it should, meaning until age 21. And no texting while driving – for anyone. I do talk on my phone and don’t think it breaks my concentration. But definitely no texting.

Pam Stephany
Definitely. Yes, I think it should be illegal. I just had a friend who was killed on Highway 24, and they think the person who hit her was on her cell phone. I have a cell phone, but it’s like a paperweight in my car. I never use it.

Suzan Pruitt
Yes, I think it should be illegal because of the safety issue, but I do it myself. But I see it as such a hazard. I think some kind of hands-free phone would be OK.

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