At any given daylight moment in the United States, nearly 700,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA reports that an estimated 421,000 people were injured in auto accidents in 2012 involving a distracted driver, a 9 percent increase from the prior year. And 31 percent of American drivers ages 18-64 reported that they had read or sent text messages while driving at least once within the 30 days prior to the survey.
Cell phones, and particularly smart phones, are considered one of the leading driver distractions. As a result, more communities are placing restrictions on drivers' use of cell phones. The following tips are offered to motorists with regard to cell phone use in vehicles.
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