Dear Ann Landers, The Japanese National Police Agency recently announced that in six months, it had recorded nine deaths and 1,627 injuries in car accidents where the drivers were talking on cell phones. I wonder whether that's how it is in the United States. -- N.Y.C.
Dear N.Y.C., Yakkers are the same worldwide. They can't possibly give full attention to driving when they're gabbing on the phone. I'd guess the accident rate is about the same in the United States.
Dear N.Y.C., The problem has become so serious that many states have laws where a driver seen holding a cell phone can be pulled over and ticketed. Hands-free is one degree better, but still distracting. The back end of this is that students and young adults read messages on their phones while crossing streets! This means they are looking down and not looking for oncoming cars. It is against the law in many states for anyone with a chauffeur's license (cabs, Uber, Lyft, livery cars) to talk on the phone while driving. I am not shy about asking, say, a cab driver, to please not talk to anyone while driving. It does seem that more and more people are catching on because I find myself being the phone police much less often than a year ago. I think the new "Don't drink and drive" is "Don't talk on your phone while driving." - Margo
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