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Editorial: Cleveland may ban cell phone use in cars

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Cleveland is poised next week to ban the holding of your cell phone while driving. Fines would start at one hundred dollars plus court costs. The bill has been introduced by Councilman Zach Reed who says "the danger can no longer be ignored."

But why stop there councilman? Perhaps a ban on holding a Big Mac?  Or, that cup of Starbucks?  How about those ladies applying their makeup in the car? That sounds like a hundred dollar fine, doesn't it?

Well, all joking aside, we have no doubt that some drivers do become distracted while talking on the cell phone. The National Safety Council estimates that at least one in four accidents involves cell phone use. But that same research also shows that any cell phone use while driving, including those hands-free devices like Bluetooth, will still impact a drivers' reaction as much as having a blood alcohol level of .08 percent.

Rather than worrying about cell phones in cars or the fat grams in my Chalupa, perhaps the city council should concentrate on education, jobs, and housing. And, if that's asking too much, then try patching all those potholes!

Write and let me know what you think.  I'm Bill Applegate and here's the address.

 

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