Message from the CTIA
& Internet Association)
to all users of mobile phones.
© 2001 Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association. All Rights
Reserved.1250 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036.
Phone: (202) 785-0081
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Safety is the most important call you will ever make.
A Guide to Safe and Responsible Wireless Phone Use
Tens of millions of people in the U.S. today take advantage of the unique
combination of convenience, safety and value delivered by the wireless telephone.
Quite simply, the wireless phone gives people the powerful ability to communicate
by voice--almost anywhere, anytime--with the boss, with a client, with the kids,
with emergency personnel or even with the police. Each year, Americans make
billions of calls from their wireless phones, and the numbers are rapidly growing.
But an important responsibility accompanies those benefits, one that every wireless
phone user must uphold. When driving a car, driving is your first responsibility. A
wireless phone can be an invaluable tool, but good judgment must be exercised at
all times while driving a motor vehicle--whether on the phone or not.
The basic lessons are ones we all learned as teenagers. Driving requires alertness,
caution and courtesy. It requires a heavy dose of basic common sense---keep your
head up, keep your eyes on the road, check your mirrors frequently and watch out
for other drivers. It requires obeying all traffic signs and signals and staying within
the speed limit. It means using seatbelts and requiring other passengers to do the
But with wireless phone use, driving safely means a little more. This brochure is
a call to wireless phone users everywhere to make safety their first priority when
behind the wheel of a car. Wireless telecommunications is keeping us in touch,
simplifying our lives, protecting us in emergencies and providing opportunities
to help others in need.
When it comes to the use of wireless phones, safety is your most important call.
Wireless Phone "Safety Tips"
Below are safety tips to follow while driving and using a wireless phone which
should be easy to remember.
1 Get to know your wireless phone and its features such as speed dial and redial.
Carefully read your instruction manual and learn to take advantage of valuable
features most phones offer, including automatic redial and memory. Also, work
to memorize the phone keypad so you can use the speed dial function without
taking your attention off the road.
2 When available, use a hands free device. A number of hands free wireless phone
accessories are readily available today. Whether you choose an installed mounted
device for your wireless phone or a speaker phone accessory, take advantage of
these devices if available to you.
3 Position your wireless phone within easy reach. Make sure you place your wireless
phone within easy reach and where you can grab it without removing your eyes
from the road. If you get an incoming call at an inconvenient time, if possible, let
your voice mail answer it for you.
4 Suspend conversations during hazardous driving conditions or situations. Let
the person you are speaking with know you are driving; if necessary, suspend the
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call in heavy traffic or hazardous weather conditions. Rain, sleet, snow and ice
can be hazardous, but so is heavy traffic. As a driver, your first responsibility is
to pay attention to the road.
5 Do not take notes or look up phone numbers while driving. If you are reading an
address book or business card, or writing a "to do" list while driving a car, you
are not watching where you are going. It’s common sense. Don’t get caught in a
dangerous situation because you are reading or writing and not paying attention
to the road or nearby vehicles.
6 Dial sensibly and assess the traffic; if possible, place calls when you are not
moving or before pulling into traffic. Try to plan your calls before you begin your
trip or attempt to coincide your calls with times you may be stopped at a stop
sign, red light or otherwise stationary. But if you need to dial while driving,
follow this simple tip--dial only a few numbers, check the road and your mirrors,
7 Do not engage in stressful or emotional conversations that may be distracting.
Stressful or emotional conversations and driving do not mix--they are distracting
and even dangerous when you are behind the wheel of a car. Make people you
are talking with aware you are driving and if necessary, suspend conversations
which have the potential to divert your attention from the road.
8 Use your wireless phone to call for help. Your wireless phone is one of the greatest
tools you can own to protect yourself and your family in dangerous situations--
with your phone at your side, help is only three numbers away. Dial 9-1-1 or other
local emergency number in the case of fire, traffic accident, road hazard or medical
emergency. Remember, it is a free call on your wireless phone!
9 Use your wireless phone to help others in emergencies. Your wireless phone
provides you a perfect opportunity to be a "Good Samaritan" in your
community. If you see an auto accident, crime in progress or other serious
emergency where lives are in danger, call 9-1-1 or other local emergency number,
as you would want others to do for you.
10 Call roadside assistance or a special wireless non-emergency assistance number
when necessary. Certain situations you encounter while driving may require
attention, but are not urgent enough to merit a call for emergency services. But
you still can use your wireless phone to lend a hand. If you see a broken-down
vehicle posing no serious hazard, a broken traffic signal, a minor traffic accident
where no one appears injured or a vehicle you know to be stolen, call roadside
assistance or other special non-emergency wireless number.
Careless, distracted individuals and people driving irresponsibly represent a hazard
to everyone on the road. Since 1984, the Cellular Telecommunications Industry
Association and the wireless industry have conducted educational outreach to inform
wireless phone users of their responsibilities as safe drivers and good citizens. As we
approach a new century, more and more of us will take advantage of the benefits
of wireless telephones. And, as we take to the roads, we all have a responsibility
to drive safely.
The wireless industry reminds you to use your phone safely when driving.
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For more information, please call 1-888-901-SAFE.
For updates: http://www.wow-com.com/consumer/issues/driving/
© 2001 Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association. All Rights Reserved.
1250 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036.
Phone: (202) 785-0081
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Appendix B: Message from the FDA