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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter - Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

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The web site that promotes the elimination of ALL
cell phone use and distractions while driving...

 

Nobody asked for my opinion...BUT...

HOW MANY MORE INNOCENT AMERICANS MUST DIE
OR BECOME SERIOUSLY INJURED
BEFORE WE
STOP ALL CELL PHONE DRIVING

IN THE US?

Not one of the 60,000+ deaths or 250,000+ injuries in 2008 resulting from texting and talking on the phone is worth any one of those phone calls or text messages; not to mention the hundreds of thousands that have taken place since. This is not a teenager problem nor is it just a commercial truck or bus driver problem. This is a problem and an ongoing danger to innocent people that involves EVERY SINGLE DRIVER in this country on a daily basis. So why are we still pondering over the use of cell phones while driving in the US? DC and several states have already wisely and responsibly outlawed the use of all cell phones while driving and now it needs to be a national restriction. Are we going to continue allowing the lobbyists of the wealthy phone companies to rule congress in America (which is now going to be even worse since the US Supreme Court has removed campaign finance restrictions instead of strengthening them), or are we each going to stand up to the plate and do something about it?

Please commit to making any automobile
that you're riding in an official

Visit www.StopAllCellPhoneDriving.org to learn how you can help
to eliminate this deadly obsession from America's highways. Keep in mind
that the next life that is lost (and there will be MANY of them before we stop this
irresponsible practice) could easily be your life or the life of someone you love.

 




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Nobody asked for my opinion...BUT..

(posted in 2007) As contraversial as this may be for many of you who love to do business or chat away with friends and relatives in the car, I do mean ALL cell phone use should be stopped ASAP; not just texting, not just those handhelds without ear phones, not just for new drivers and teenagers...ALL cell phones are distractions that take drivers' attention away from the road and can (and do) cost innocent people their lives. Which is usually not the people behind the wheel, in most cases; those people are protected by this huge hunk of metal armor with their insurance paid. So why should they feel much concern other than the traffic ticket and the inconvenience of it all?
I am amazed every single day at how people drive around in these several thousand pound murder weapons while continually being distracted by talking away on the phone which is much more important than the innocent lives that many of them end up snuffing out in an instant; many of which are innocent children or seniors. They pull right into the center of a cross-walk talking away without the slightest concern for those who need to get safely across the street without walking between cars, which is dangerous, or walking out into a busy intersection because someone became too distracted in their much-more-important conversations. Conversations which are obviously more important than their driving and the safety of pedestrians around them.

In spite of the apologies afterward, this practice of pulling into cross-walks and stopping happens to me EVERY SINGLE DAY at least once. As of late I no longer stand and wait for them or indicate to them that they're blocking the cross-walk. Instead I beat loudly on the top of the care or the hood or trunk with the flat of my hand while yelling "You're parked in a cross-walk! Get off the phone and pay attention to your driving!". Yes, a bit maniacle, I admit. It literally frightens the H%^* out of every one of them; especially since they were just in another world with their conversations and totally oblivious to what was going on in this one. Though some may feel this is maybe a bit obnoxious and overly aggressive, I guarantee that each one of these people will think twice about parking in the middle of a cross-walk again. And though 'everyone' needn't be so bold and go to such extremes (though I wish you would...), everyone does need to show their instant dissatisfaction over such irresponsible actions for the safety of all.

And just as importantly we all need to make sure the police do something about it when infractions of the cross-walk laws occur. Many, many too many times they do not. So why should the motorist care if the police don't care? Giving citations for such actions would cut the occurances tremendously as opposed to having the police see the infraction and do nothing, which I personally observe way too often. I have NEVER seen a policeman issue a cross-walk or cell phone citation though I have seen many of them take place with me personally right in front of a waiting cruiser.

Look at the statistics at how many people are killed in this country every year because of cell phones and we still don't get it. How many deaths and personal injuries does it take to cause us to wake up to the obvious? This practice is killing and maiming innocent people unnecessarily without a shadow of a doubt. If each one of us wants to gamble our own lives on such foolishness, so be it. That's our own choice. But we are gambling the lives of countless innocent others and it needs to stop.

...But then that is just MY OPINION...
(to-be-continued).

 

The Oprah Winfrey Show (Oprah.com) January 29, 2010
Ali's No Phone Zone Pledge Video

Once a phone-addicted driver, Ali Wentworth signs on for the No Phone Zone. Watch as she recruits fellow citizens to hop on board!

http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Ali-Wentworth-Takes-the-No-Phone-Zone-Pledge-Video#comments

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The Oprah Winfrey Show (Oprah.com) January 28, 2010 (posted Jan 29th)
Oprah Confronts a Text and Driver

After a show, Oprah gave a text-addicted audience member the wake-up call of her life. Watch the showdown, then take the No Phone Zone pledge.

http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Oprah-Confronts-a-Text-Addicted-Audience-Member-Video

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The Oprah Winfrey Show (Oprah.com) January 14, 2010
A Special Message from Oprah

Watch Oprah's special message for everyone who has signed our No Phone Zone pledge. If you haven't signed the pledge yet, do it now!

http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Watch-a-Special-Message-from-Oprah-Video_1

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Oprah Winfrey Show (Oprah.com) January 4, 2010
Oprah’s No Phone Zone campaign

Your Brain on Texting Quiz

How much do you know about distracted driving? Put your knowledge to the test.

http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Your-Brain-on-Texting-Quiz

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I hate to say "I told you so"...but the truth is..."I told you so in 2007"...and the proof follows:

(July, 2009) Documents:
Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(Findings made by the Department of Transportation about the truth of the dangers regarding cell phone use were kept secret due to big money lobbyists for over 6 years. Heads should roll over this one but who's going to bet that they won't...)

http://documents.nytimes.com/documents-from-the-u-s-department-of-transportation-s-national-highway-traffic-safety-administration#p=3

The above body of research, conducted by the Department of Transportation and completed in 2003 was not made public until July, 2009. The documents pertain to the safety of using wireless communication devices while driving.
The New York Times obtained the research from the Center for Auto Safety and Public Citizen, two consumer advocacy groups that earlier this year acquired more than 250 pages of undisclosed material through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The fact that this life-saving information that was paid for by our tax dollars was kept out of the public eye for so many years for no other reason than high-powered lobbying and bribes by the wireless communication industry is unconscionable. All of those in our government who knowingly allowed such abuse of power should not only be reprimanded, but their involvment should be made public for all to see. Related Article link follows.

(July, 2009) U.S. Withheld Data on Risks of Distracted Driving
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/21/technology/21distracted.html?_r=1

(July, 2009) To finally view the findings of FOIA about the dangers of cell phone use while driving which were
determined in 2003 but concealed until 2009 due to heavy lobbying by the phone companies,
visit www.autosafety.org/foia-reveals-cell-phone-studies.

The unconscionable fact is that these results, which were paid for by our tax dollars were concealed until someone blew the whistle 6 years later....and probably after thousands of deaths and injuries had already taken place. Why?....because the big-money lobbyists are more important than the American citizens. The politics and disregard for public safety for the sake of bribes and big money government lobby money MUST STOP!!!
As a result of this cover up, heads should roll as opposed to sweeping these results under the rug and continuing this incredibly unsafe practice as usual. All Cell Phone Driving, not just texting and phone use for teenagers MUST BE INCLUDED! We are talking about the safety and well-being of millions of innocent American citizens and potential victims every single day. So let's not just blame it on and restrict it to texting and new drivers & teenagers...but rather ALL CELL PHONE USE being performed behind the wheel by EVERYONE!!

CAS FOIA and Related NHTSA Documents

- Draft Letter to Governors from the Department of Transportation

- NHTSA Cell Phone Policy Draft

- NHTSA Distraction Statement Draft

- The Relationship Between On-Road Wireless Phone Use and Crashes - 7/7/2003

- The Relationship Between On-Road Wireless Phone Use and Crashes (Abridged Version) - 7/2003

- Status Summary: Using Wireless Communication Devices While Driving - 7/2003

- NHTSA Communications Plan on Wireless Devices - 7/2003

- NHTSA Talking Points on Wireless Communication Devices - 7/2003

- NHTSA Driver Distraction Expert Working Group Meetings - 11/10/2000

- NHTSA Driver Distraction Internet Forum - 11/15/2000

- CAS v. NHTSA Cell Phone Study Settlement - 3/17/2009

- CAS Files FOIA Lawsuit over NHTSA Cell Phone Study - 12/1/2008

- NHTSA Response to CAS FOIA Appeal - 9/12/2008

- CAS FOIA Appeal - 5/29/2008

- NHTSA Response to CAS FOIA - 4/29/2008

- CAS Files Freedom of Information Act Request with NHTSA Re: Cell Phone Study - 3/27/2008

- CAS Files Freedom of Information Act Request with DOT Re: Cell Phone Study - 3/27/2008

CAS Petition Information

- Click here to view the CAS petition to NHTSA - 1/21/2007

- NHTSA Denial of CAS Cell Phone Petition - 6/3/2008

- Article: Safety Group Seeks to Curb In-Car Tech Chatter - 1/23/2007

Related Information

- In Study, Texting Lifts Crash Risk by Large Margin - 7/27/09

- Editorials - 7/26/09

- Automakers Promoting Unsafe Driving Through New Technologies - 7/26/09

- The Truth About Cars and Cell Phones - 7/22/09

- Do Cell Phones Kill 1000 People a Year? - 10/31/2008

- Cell Phone Laws may not Make Roads Safer - 3/25/08

- National Safety Council Calls for Nationwide Ban on Cell Phone Use While Driving - 1/12/2009

- Lawsuit Verdict For Cell Phone Distraction - 6/12/2007

- NHTSA : Driver Electronic Device Use in 2007 -6/2008

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The Oprah Show:
This Show Could Save Your Life:

Visit http://www.oprah.com/showinfo/Americas-New-Deadly-Obsession#
America's New Deadly Obsession of cell phone use while driving. We all need to make our automobiles a

"NO PHONE ZONE"
.
Take the Pledge, Save a life—maybe even yours. Sign our pledge to
make your car and any car that you ride in a "No-phone zone" and pass it on.
http://www.oprah.com/questionaire/ipledge.html?id=4


"Millions of people do it every day, and it's time that we stopped. If you think you have the cell phone, texting and driving thing down…you do not". Our New Mission is to show how Talking on a cell phone while driving is just as dangerous or more as driving drunk.
What we all can do to take back the roads:
Visit http://www.oprah.com/showinfo/Americas-New-Deadly-Obsession#
(this and other abuses available at StopAllCellPhoneDriving.org and DanceDirt.com).

Thank the Lord. Now that Oprah has also taken on this project with a vengeance, I'm confident that America will soon wake up about the incredible dangers to each of us and to others through any form of cell phone driving (or at least America will be forced to spend a lot of Money on cell phone violations for those who don't) so that tens of thousands more Americans will not be injured and killed as has already happened to too many. We have all seen it; People floundering around on the roads while on their cell phones instead of paying attention to their driving. Too bad this always takes such a great loss of life of innocent people to wake us up to what should be common sense....

...ButTHATSjustMyOpinion.com....

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The US Department of Transportation’s new website created January 2010 to discourage ALL cell phone driving.
http://www.distraction.gov/

“At the U.S. Department of Transportation, we heard America’s call to end the dangerous practice of distracted driving on our nation’s roadways.


"Distracted driving is a serious, life-threatening practice and we will not rest until we stop it.”

Distracted driving includes using Cell phones, texting, and anything else that will cause distractions while driving.

The US Department of Transportation’s new website includes Oprah and her No phone Campaign; state laws, statistics, Video Public Service Announcements, and much more plus news feed (current/updated links to newspapers, TV, blogs, etc).

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Focus Driven: Advocates for cell-free driving. New website created January 2010

http://www.focusdriven.org/index.aspx

FocusDriven is an advocacy group for victims of motor vehicle crashes involving drivers using cell phones.

FocusDriven is Based on MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), it works to make roadways safer for all motorists and stop use of ALL cell phones while driving.


FocusDriven is a partnership between the US Department of Transportation and the National Safety Council

"Each year, thousands of families suffer the loss of loved ones needlessly at the hands of drivers distracted by their cell phones. Whether texting, using hands-free or handheld phones, these drivers not only put their lives on the line, but they risk killing others on the road".

FocusDriven is an advocacy group for victims of motor vehicle crashes involving drivers using cell phones. Based on MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and started by those who have lost loved ones by this senseless practice, it works to make roadways safer for all motorists and stop ALL use of cell phones while driving.

Mission:
Support victims of cell phone distracted driving and families of victims, and increase public awareness of the dangers of cell phone distracted driving by putting a human face on the disastrous impact of this behavior, in order to promote corresponding public policies, programs and personal responsibility.

Vision:
Prevent injuries and save lives by eliminating cell phone use while driving.


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National Safety Council’s (NSC) Website on Distracted Driving-
http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/Distracted_Driving/Pages/distracted_driving.aspx

Numerous public opinion surveys show most drivers believe that using cell phones while driving is dangerous. Talking on cell phones while driving is estimated to increase crash risk fourfold. NSC estimates that 28% of crashes -- 1.6 million crashes per year -- can be attributed to cell phone talking and texting while driving. Site includes a lot of information-- research, and resources.

 

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International DanceSPORT & Entertainment

We offer the most professional and authentic dance entertainment available throughout Metropolitan Washington DC.
Plus we provide easy, flexible and fun instruction for the entire family
in every style of social dance from around the globe
that literally ANYONE can afford (and your 1st class is FREE! with a 2-for-the-price-of-1Pass online for 1st-timers).

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Visit all of my highly-opinionated awareness projects at:
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www.EqualityJusticeForAll.org
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.... and let's not get started on the environmental abuse that almost
each and every one of us continues to bombard this life-giving
planet with every single day....and too amny are too lazy to stop it.

 


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