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New Cell Phone Driving Laws Take Effect July 1st
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on July 01, 2013 @ 12:12AM
Created on June 30, 2013 @ 6:00PM

Your best bet is to always avoid it, but sometimes you have a call that you have to take while you're driving. So how can pick up the phone without breaking the law and putting yourself and others in danger?

We spoke with some folks in Harrison county today and got some hands-on tips for staying hands free when talking on the phone.

To stay within the rules of the road, you need to keep your hands on the wheel and off the keyboard, but if you really need to take that call investing in a hands free device is the best way to keep you safe.

"If a call comes in, I just accept it verbally so it doesn't distract me as much as it would some other way," said Harrison County resident M.L. Quinn.

Many people we spoke with today are using Bluetooth headphones. Some cell phone providers will include Bluetooth headsets when you purchase your new phone, but if you don't already have them you can go into your local service store. That, however, can get pricey.

Folks we spoke to today said they like the hands free devices better because it keeps them safer on the road.

"It's a lot better then having to look down at my phone, look back up at the street, look back down at my phone. It's just a lot faster and easier," Harrison County resident Kevan Matheny told 5 News.

Another great option is syncing your cell phone's audio with your car's sound system. This can be done if you have a car radio that is Bluetooth compatible.

"If I'm using my phone I can keep my eyes on the road and I can just tell my phone to call somebody," Matheny added.

In the end though, the safest way to keep yourself from becoming distracted and to stay within the law is to stay off your cell phone. If you have any questions about Bluetooth compatibility, visit your local cell phone service store or your local dealership.

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