03/20/2012

Fewer fatal MVCs since cell ban in Calif., study says

State prohibits talking on phones without hands-free device

By Cindy Von Quednow
Ventura County Star

BERKELEY, Calif. — A new study shows deadly crashes caused by driver cellphone use have dropped in California since the state enacted a law against the practice, reflecting a local decline in such crashes, too, officials said.

The study from the California Office of Traffic Safety attributes the decline to awareness of the dangers of cellphone use and driving and to compliance with the law. Driving while talking on a hand-held cellphone was banned in July 2008, and minors may not use hands-free phones.

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