Monthly Archives: March 2012

STATE: Cellphone restrictions reduce driver deaths, study finds


By Don Thompson of Associated Press  North County Times

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s nearly 4-year-old ban on drivers using handheld cellphones is saving lives, according to a University of California, Berkeley, study released Monday.

The study found that overall traffic deaths dropped 22 percent, while deaths blamed on drivers using hand-held cellphones were down 47 percent. Deaths among drivers who use hands-free phones dropped at a similar rate.

The university’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center examined deaths for two years before and two years after the cellphone ban took effect in July 2008. It found a similar drop in injuries attributed to drivers’ cellphone use.

The California Office of Traffic Safety, which sought
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