Hands-Free Proposal

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Colorado lawmakers will consider a bill this week that would require drivers to use headsets if they make cellphone calls.

Drivers could be cited under the measure only if they are pulled over for another offense such as speeding or running a stop sign.

Violators wouldn't be assessed points unless they were involved in an accident. Fines would increase for those who do have accidents.

A similar bill was killed last year for being too strict. A second bill in the works would ban those with learner's permits from talking on a cellphone while driving.

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Cellular Phone Safe Driving Tips

  • Safe driving is your first priority. Always buckle up, keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

  • Make sure that your phone is positioned where it is easy to see and easy to reach. Be familiar with the operation of your phone, so that you're comfortable using it on the road.

  • Use a hands-free microphone while driving. Make sure your phone is dealer-installed to get the best possible sound quality.

  • Use the speed dialing feature to program in frequently called numbers. Then you can make a call by touching only two or three buttons. Most phones will store up to 99 numbers.

  • When dialing manually without the speed dialing feature, dial only when stopped. If you can't stop, or pull over, dial a few digits, then survey traffic before completing the call. (Better yet, have a passenger dial.)

  • Never take notes while driving. Pull off the road to jot something down; if it's a phone number, many mobile phones have an electronic scratchpad that allows you to key in a new number while having a conversation.

  • Let your wireless network's voice mail pick up your calls when it's inconvenient or unsafe to answer the car phone. You can even use your voice mail to leave yourself reminders.

  • Be a cellular Samaritan. Dialing 9-1-1 is a free call for cellular subscribers; use it to report crimes in progress or other potential life-threatening emergencies, accidents or drunk driving.

Source: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/research/wireless/c6.htm(Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association).