Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

REGULATION Caution: Politicians Ahead

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

REGULATION Caution: Politicians Ahead

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Rep. Gary Ackerman of New York and Sen. Jon Corzine of New Jersey, both Democrats, introduced legislation in Congress instructing states to restrict the use of hand-held phones in cars -- an option they already have but many have rejected.

As a researcher for the Cato Institute notes, "Ackerman's bill would force drivers either to use a hands-free device or pull off to the side of the road to make a call. Such a prohibition already exists in Suffolk County, N.Y., which is partly within Ackerman's congressional district.

"Tragically, a few days after Ackerman introduced his federal mandate, a driver in Suffolk County pulled over to the side of the road to comply with the law and was struck by a delivery truck and killed."

Also, a recent University of North Carolina study concluded cell phones were a factor in only 1.5 percent of all accidents caused by distracted drivers. More accidents than that were caused by eating and drinking in the car, yet no one is calling for a ban on driving while munching. …

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