Secretary of Transportation Raymond LaHood believes the United States government should use remote devices to disable cell phones in moving vehicles.
During recent comments, LaHood cited statistical data surrounding driving and cell phone use. Approximately a half-million people were injured last year while using cell phones in vehicles. 5,500 of them died.
Several US states already have laws that do not allow the use of cell phones while driving. Some require cell phone use to be hands-free only, using devices like Bluetooth.
LaHood’s idea would take cell phone usage in cars a step further. The Department of Transportation plan would use a device designed to work with cellular towers. The tower would sense the speed of a moving vehicle, and when it reaches a pre-determined speed the cellular tower would cut the phone off.
Currently, there are a number of Public Service television commercials that warn of the dangers of texting and driving. However, many motorists are still involved in accidents, or cause accidents, because they are more focused on talking on the phone than they are on driving.
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