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  1. Abstract
  2. Regulating cell phones: Drawing a thin line between rights and restrictions
    1. The first signs of the creation of a mobile telephone
    2. The Canadian study
    3. The Independence Institute's vierw of the issue
  3. Safety advantage of hands free as compared with hand-held telephones
  4. Emergency calls made on cellular phones
  5. Regulating the use of cell phones
  6. Conclusion
  7. References

Not since the invention of cigarettes has anything been so trendy, and not since the mixture of alcohol and driving an automobile has anything been so dangerous?until the invention of the cell phone. With more than 200 million cellular telephone users in the United States alone, it is more than inevitable that cellular telephone use related fatalities are going to increase. The U.S. government needs to follow the lead of other countries and formulate legislation that will regulate the use of cell phones in motor vehicles. The purpose of this research is to show that, contrary to popular belief, the use of cellular telephones while driving a motor vehicle can be one of the most dangerous and distracting habits that drivers have today. References to several studies?some controversial?and researchers that have brought forth the truth about the danger of the simultaneous use of cellular telephones and motor vehicles will be discussed.

[...] The Société de l'Assurance Automobile du Québec mailed 175,000 questionnaires to licensed drivers in response to questions about whether the use of cell phones while driving increased accident risk (Bellavance, Desjardins, Laberge-Nadeau, Lapierre, Maag, Messier, & Saidi para. 1). ?This research is an epidemiological study on two large cohorts, namely users and non-users of cell phones, with the objective of verifying whether an association exists between cell phone use and road crashes, separating those with injuries? (Bellavance, Desjardins, Laberge-Nadeau, Lapierre, Maag, Messier, & Saidi para. [...]

[...] Wikipedia (2006) states: Modern mobile telephony is often considered to have started on April when Motorola employee Dr. Martin Cooper placed a call to rival Joel Engel, head of research at AT&T's Bell Labs, while walking the streets of New York City talking on a Motorola DynaTAC. (para. 4). The mobile phone was marketed in many variations, including the car phone, which was originally ?designed for permanent installation in cars? (Wikipedia para. 5). Today there are dozens of wireless companies and even more telephone options. [...]

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