Cell Phones have a Useful Function in the Car
by richkras - 5/31/07 4:13 AM
In Reply to: cell phone by superchf
In my opinion, as long as you are wearing a headset, don't get into long personal conversations and don't do much hand-dialing, cell phones can be a very positive addition to your car. If there is an emergency, you can be contacted. If there is one you are witnessing or involved in, you can contact the appropriate authorities. I was in back of a car that was driving extremely erratically...on a two lane road, swerving into the oncoming lane and then across into the breakdown lane, etc. I called 911 and was in contact with my local Police department within seconds. I gave them the license number and vehicle make. I continued to follow the car while giving the police a blow-by-blow description of what the driver in front of me was doing and letting them know precisely where we were. When the cruiser intercepted us, I turned off my phone and watched as the police observed the driver's erratic behavior and pulled her over. In the next day's paper, I read that a woman had been stopped at that location and time and was arrested for DUI. Maybe somebody was saved from serious injury or worse. Bottom line, just use common sense. It's a lot easier to dial 911, or even another programmed number, and speak on your headset, than it is to go through your CD collection while driving and make CD changes on the fly. I think talking while holding a phone when driving is very dangerous. That's why it's illegal in Connecticut.
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