Cell Phone Safety
Every day, cellular telephones are used to call for assistance in the event of a vehicle breakdown or other personal emergency. The use of cellular telephones can also be distracting and directly or indirectly lead to motor vehicle accidents.
Tips for talking and driving safely
- Make sure your cell phone is positioned where it is accessible.
- Be familiar with the operation of the telephone, so that you are comfortable using it on the road.
- It is best to dial the telephone when the vehicle is not moving, such as at a stop sign or stop light.
- Use a hands-free microphone while driving.
- Use the speed dialing feature to program in frequently called numbers. This enables the user to make a call by touching only one or two buttons.
- Never take notes while driving. Pull off the road to jot something down. Many mobile phones have an electronic sketch pad that allows keying in a new number while having a conversation.
- Let the wireless network's voice mail pick up calls when it's inconvenient or unsafe to answer the phone. You can even use your voice mail to leave yourself reminders.
- Use the voice activated dialing feature to place a call. Simply say the name, such as "home" or "office" to be immediately connected to personal directory listings.
- Be a Cellular Samaritan. Dialing 911 is usually free for cellular subscribers. Use it to report crimes in progress, potentially life-threatening emergencies, accidents or drunk driving.
- All cellular 911 calls go to the California Highway Patrol. Please tell the dispatcher what city you are in.