The Last Text: Don’t Text and Drive Documentary by AT&T

Being that The Battery Times is sponsored by one of the world’s largest online websites featuring cell phone batteries, anything that’s cellular phone related is of great interest to us. This particular mini-documentary by AT&T, however, should be of interest to anyone and everyone that owns a cell phone.

Texting while driving is dangerous. In fact, it’s VERY dangerous. While at some point in the future it will likely be outlawed in all 50 states; at this time 41 states, including D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers.

Fast Facts:

The following information was updated November 2013 from the Governors Highway Safety Association website.

Hand-held Cell Phone Use: 12 states, along with D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands prohibit drivers from using hand held cell phones while driving. The fines vary and you may be cited for using a hand held device while driving.

At this time, no state bans the use of a cell phone for drivers (as long as you are using some sort of hands free piece of equipment); however there are 37 states including D.C. that ban all cell phone use, even hands free, by novice drivers. In addition, 20 states along with D.C. prohibit cell phone use completely for school bus drivers. When in doubt about cell phone laws in your area, check with your local law enforcement office.

Safety Tips

    1. Before driving – turn off your phone. Not only will you save battery life, you will not be tempted to use it while driving. Or, if legal in your area, set up your hands-free device before driving.
    2. If you need to answer a call or make a phone call, find a safe area and pull over.
    3. If you have passengers, ask them to make the call, check your e-mail, navigate the GPS or respond to a text for you.

Bottom line is always prepare yourself before putting your car in drive. Especially if you are driving alone and need to use a GPS device, enter the destination before you start to drive. Pull over in a safe location if you need to update the location on your GPS or if you need to review the map.

Drive safely!