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Learning to Drive in Oklahoma City Means Safely Using Wireless Phones

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Learning to Drive in Oklahoma City Means Safely Using Wireless Phones

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The latest comprehensive survey of wireless phone usage was published last month and the numbers are staggering. The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, or CTIA, reports that once every two seconds, another American subscribes to a wireless telephone service.

Nearly 91 million Americans are wireless users. Sales of feature- packed digital phones are up more than 110 percent over the past year.

Wireless telephones are keeping people in touch, simplifying lives, protecting people in emergencies and providing opportunities to help others in need. When it comes to the use of wireless phones while driving however, safety should be your most important call.

As the wireless phone becomes a fixture in our lives, it's wise to remember that these tools that provide so much convenience must be used safely -- especially when one's attention should be focused on a more important task like driving a vehicle.

CTIA designated May 22-28 as national Wireless Safety Week. The industry used the time to remind all of us to give extra attention to our responsibilities to our own safety as well as to those with whom we share the road.

The group has designed a list of simple tips to keep in mind when using your wireless phone while driving.

* Suspend conversations during hazardous driving conditions.

* Position your phone within easy reach. …

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