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Banning Driving Distractions Has Wide Support

August 22, 2006

MERIDEN, CT – As bans against cell phone use while driving spread nationwide, a newly released survey reveals that American drivers support bans against other activities they consider distractions on the road as well. According to a national survey by Response Insurance, a national car insurer, 65 percent of Blackberry owners favor banning their use behind the wheel. In fact, Blackberry owners supported the ban more than those who do not own one (58 percent). The Response Insurance National Driving Habits Survey also revealed that 59 percent of hand-held cell phone owners support banning their cell phones while driving, and even 19 percent of hands-free cell phone owners want hands-free cell phone use while driving banned. In the general driver population, support for a ban on hand-held and hands-free cell phones while driving was somewhat higher at 62 percent and 28 percent, respectively. The survey also revealed significant support for banning several other activities behind the wheel, including reading (79 percent), text messaging (72 percent), and grooming (68 percent). However, drivers were not as enthusiastic about banning other activities while driving, such as eating (36 percent), smoking (34 percent), and listening to an iPod or MP3 player (28 percent).
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