Cars and Cell Phones Don't Mix

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

Kentucky State Police Trooper Todd Holder says law enforcement is see more and more cases of accidents caused by negligence on the driver's part or driver inattention due to cell phone usage.

Many of those accidents could be attributed to the fact motorists who talk on their cell phones are dividing their attention between driving and carrying on a conversation.

Holder notes whenever a driver is in a conversation where they have to think or begin the thought process, it distracts from their attention to the road in front of them.

He notes that even cell phones with earpieces aren't safe for drivers on the interstate because while they do leave a person's hands free, still threatens to steal away their focus.

Trooper Holder suggests that if you do have a cell phone call that you pull over to the side of the road. This will help to ensure your safety and the safety of those on the road with you.

Kentucky State Police encourage all drivers to pull off to the side of the road or into a parking lot if they are going to be on the phone for a while. They also suggest letting the call go directly to your voicemail or letting the person on the other end know that you'll call them back once you are no longer driving.


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