Reno Gazette Journal reports today that a Consumer Reports poll reveals the high usage of cell
phones while driving:
63 percent of young people admit to using a handheld phone while driving,
and 30 percent admit to sending text messages while driving.
Nevada is one of the minority of states that does not ban text messaging
or cell phone use while driving. Many states prohibit or limit cell phone
use and texting, especially among teen drivers.
Alarmingly, the Consumer Reports poll revealed that only 30 percent of
those under 30 believe that such behavior is very dangerous. According
to the U.S. Department of Transportation, distracted driving accidents
caused nearly 5,500 deaths in the U.S. in 2009.