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Wireless Phone Safety Tips

When driving a motor vehicle, driving is your first responsibility. If you find it necessary to use your cell/wireless phone while behind the wheel, practice good common sense and if at all possible pull off to the side of the road.

Safety Tips to remember:

1. Get to know your cell phone and its features such as speed dial and re dial. If available, these features help you to place your call without taking your attention off the road.

2. When available, use a hands-free device. If possible, add an additional layer of convenience to your cell phone with one of the many hands-free accessories available at your local cell phone store.

3. Position your cell phone within easy reach. Be able to access your cell phone without removing your eyes from the road. If you receive an incoming call at an inconvenient time, if possible, let your voice mail answer it for you.

4. Let the person you are speaking with know you are driving; if necessary, suspend the call in heavy traffic or hazardous weather conditions. Rain, sleet, snow, ice, and even heavy traffic can be dangerous.

5. If you receive an incoming call at an inconvenient time do not take notes or look up phone numbers while driving. Jotting down a "to do" list or going through your address book takes attention away from your primary responsibility-driving safely.

6. Dial sensibly and assess the traffic; if possible, place calls when you are not moving or before pulling into traffic. Try to plan calls when your car will be stationary. If you need to make a call while moving, dial only a few numbers, check the road/traffic and your mirrors, then continue. Use speed-dialing where available.

7. Do not engage in stressful or emotional conversations that may be distracting. Make sure people you are talking with aware you are driving and suspend conversations which have the potential to divert your attention away from the road.

8. Use your wireless/cell phone to call for help. Dial 9-1-1 or other local emergency number in the event of crime, traffic collision, fire or medical emergencies.

9. Use your cell phone to help others in emergencies. If you see a crime in progress, motor vehicle collision or other serious emergency where lives are in danger, dial 9-1-1 or other local emergency number, as you would want others to do for you.

10. Call roadside assistance or a special non-emergency wireless assistance number when necessary. If you see a disabled vehicle posing no serious hazard, a malfunctioning traffic signal, a minor traffic crash where no one appears injured, or a vehicle you suspect to be stolen/suspicious, call the appropriate roadside assistance or other special non-emergency wireless number as designated by you local provider.

Check the laws and regulations on the use of wireless telephones and their accessories in the areas where you operate a motor vehicle. Always obey the. The use of these devices may be prohibited/restricted in certain areas.

For more information, please call
(Cellular Telecommunicators & Internet Association)
1-888-901-SAFE or visit the CTIA website at

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