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Oprah, Idaho: Hang Up, Drive

Oprah Winfrey and Idaho traffic safety officials are asking drivers to make a commitment today to hang up and drive. The day, dubbed the “No Phone Zone Day,” is an awareness campaign about texting and driving. Digital message signs along Idaho highways will carry the safety message, “Driving/texting? Hang up. Arrive alive,” according to the Idaho Transportation Department. Idaho does not yet have a law against driving and texting/Spokesman-Review. More here.

DFO: I did something I've never done before, Thursday: I carried on a cell-phone conversation from the office after work all the way home and beyond. I rarely talk on a cell phone while driving. I wanted to see how distracted I'd be. I tried to be extra alert. But I wasn't as alert as I usually am while driving. I won't do it often.

Question: How often do you talk on the cell phone while driving? Have you ever had any close calls, driving-wise, as a result?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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