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A Safer Way to Communicate While Driving

Sgt. Randy TenBrink, APD Crime Prevention Sgt. Randy TenBrink, APD Crime Prevention
Thomas Jolliff, 16 year old driver Thomas Jolliff, 16 year old driver

Cell phones follow us everywhere.... To work, school, and in our cars.

But those calls you make while driving could cause you to have an accident... Maybe taking yours or someone else's life. Experts are now saying it's not about stopping the calls... It's about making the conversation safer..

Experts have now found in bad weather conditions or in traffic... Using a hand free device to talk on your cell phone can decrease your chances of getting into a wreck by 30 to 60 percent.

Officials say in Amarillo, a cell phone is often an object that contributes to crashes.

Sgt. Randy TenBrink with APD Crime Prevention says, "There is no doubt that the inattention caused by cell phone use dropping cell phones, dialing cell phones, looking for them, digging in the purse, causes accidents."

In fact more than 4,000 people die every year in a car crash linked to a cell phone.

Sgt TenBrink says most of the time newer or inexperienced drivers have a harder time handling multiple task.

TenBrink says, "Younger drivers need to direct more of their attention driving the car, they aren't use to the road, they aren't use to the car. So anybody who gets a license under the age of 18 years of age, can't use a wireless communication device for the first six months."

Thomas Jolliff, a 16 year old driver says, "I think it's crap. But you know it's a law. Cops drive all the time using their phones, everybody does."

Jolliff didn't know about the law.. Sgt Tenbrink says few people, parents or teens, do.

If you are caught using a cell phone within 6 months of having a license you could be given a citation... Just as if you had run a red light or been caught speeding.

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