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Date:8/21/2008

e reached the hospital.

The ACEP offers the following safety tips:

  • Don't text or use a cell phone while doing physical activities that require sustained attention.
  • Never text or use a hand-held phone while operating a car or motorcycle, and use caution when using headsets.
  • Keep cell phones and other electronic devices in easy-to-find locations, such as phone pockets or pouches. This will prevent you from becoming distracted by having to rummage through purses, backpacks or clothing trying to find the devices.
  • Ignore calls or messages that arrive when you need to concentrate on demanding tasks such as driving. Better yet, turn devices off beforehand.
  • Don't text in any situations where excessive inattention may compromise safety, such as while sitting alone at night, waiting for a bus, or in a crowded area where there's an increased risk of theft.

More information

For more about cell phone safety while driving, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American College of Emergency Physicians, news release, July 28, 2008


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