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Californians Still Talking, Texting While Driving

A new study finds about 9 percent of California drivers either talk or text on the road. Researchers for the state’s Office of Traffic Safety observed drivers at 130 intersections in 17 counties statewide.

Chris Cochran with the office says the findings are cause for great concern. “Those people who are using their cell phone – especially hand held and especially texting are really putting themselves and the rest of us in danger,” said Cochran.

According to the survey about 3 percent of drivers were using a handheld phone. About 5 percent were using a Bluetooth or headset and nearly two percent were texting or using a mobile device in some other way.

It is illegal to text or talk on a hand-held phone while driving in California. However drivers can talk on a cell phone while using a headset or Bluetooth device.

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HarryStreet | April 20, 2011 at 4:38 p.m. ― 5 years, 9 months ago

Doesn't anyone realize people have to die, lose their licenses, have the insurance rates sky rocket before people understand they CAN'T use their cell phones while driving?

It wasn't that long ago when it had to be made into law that everyone in a driven vehicle must wear a seatbelt. How did it come to that? People died in car crashes.

Sad, but true.

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batmick | April 21, 2011 at 10:09 a.m. ― 5 years, 9 months ago

Only 9% ???

Seems to me that they picked the wrong neighborhood. Up here in North County I'd be willing to bet the rate is more like 30%.

I ride my bike almost everywhere and so get a very close look. It's not pretty.

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