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Oprah Declares April 30 "No Phone Zone Day"

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A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about Oprah Winfrey's "No Phone Zone" in our April Newsletter and on our blog. For those of you who have not read these articles, the basic principle in Oprah's "No Phone Zone" is not using your cell phone while you are operating a vehicle. Using your cell phone while driving is both distracting and dangerous.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an estimated 6,000 people die each year in accidents caused by distracted driving. And, texting drivers are 20 times more likely to have a car accident than those who are not distracted.

To show your full support, you can sign
Oprah's "No Phone Zone Pledge" by clicking here. By signing, you will join the more than 183,000 people who have chosen to make the roads safer by making their cars a "No Phone Zone."

To further the cause, Oprah has teamed up with American transportation officials to launch a public service announcement informing Americans of the fatal consequences of distracted driving. Oprah's has officially declared April 30 as "No Phone Zone Day." On this day, Oprah Winfrey is devoting the entire episode of her show to ending distracted driving. Her production company, Harpo Studios, is also holding rallies in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. to combat distracted driving and texting while driving.

If you are a teen who is against distracted driving, click here to join South Carolina Teens Against Distracted Driving!

To read our "No Phone Zone" article in our April Newsletter, click here.

To read our blog on Oprah's "No Phone Zone", click here.


You can also learn more about texting while driving by going to the following links!

Read about the University of Utah study that found texters more likely to crash.
Read how Cell Phones cause 1.6 million accidents a year.
Get The South Carolina Accident Book.
Contact the Shelly Leeke Law Firm for a FREE Consultation


There is a lot of really solid research which establishes that texting and talking on the cell phone while driving has roughly the same effect as driving while intoxicated in terms of reaction times and ability to safely operate a car. In my book, use of a cell phone when causing an accident should qualify for punitive damages given that you are making a conscious decision to not pay attention to the road in favor of the cell phone. However, part of me really thinks that more people will be convinced of this by Oprah than all of the local bans that are in place now.
Posted by Barry Doyle on May 31, 2010 at 10:22 PM

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