If you drive, don’t use your cell phone

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By The Staff

SANTA FE — Hand-held cell phones and driving vehicles don’t mix, according to Governor Bill Richardson, who announced that he will introduce a measure banning the combination when the Legislature meets in January.

Richardson announced his intention to take the ban state wide for talking or texting  while driving with handheld cell phones. The ban would extend to hands-free devices for operators of public transportation including bus drivers.

“Driver distraction is a major cause of accidents, and the use of cell phones while driving is increasingly a problem,” Governor Richardson said.  “We’ve all seen drivers swerving around the road while talking on the phone and texting, putting the safety and lives of New Mexicans in danger.”

The statement by the governor’s office cited “multiple studies” that compare the driving impairment from cell phone use to driving while intoxicated.

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