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									FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 5th, 2010

Contact: Amanda Shortell, “Prominent Cell Phone Company”
Telephone: (617) 555-1052
E-mail: Shortell@bu.edu

     State Proposes A Prohibition on MA Drivers’ Freedom Behind The Wheel:
         Drivers Mobilize To Demand That The State Protect Their Rights

Boston, MA—Massachusetts drivers will gather at the “Prominent Cell Phone
Company‟s” retail location to show their opposition of Senate Bill 1906: An Act Relative
to Hands Free Cell Phone Devices. Cruising on the power of the written word, opponents
of S1906 will be conducting a letter-writing campaign addressed to the chairs and co-
chairs of the Joint Committee on Transportation, in whose hands the legislative destiny of
S1906 lies. After writing letters to the Committee expressing their opposition to the
proposed prohibition on their freedoms behind the wheel, drivers will take home hands-
free cell phone devices to show lawmakers that they do not need an unnecessary ban to
make their own decisions regarding responsible cell phone use behind the wheel. The
event will take place on May 1st, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

The car, in many ways, is a symbol of freedom engrained in American culture. Having
the liberty to hit the open road whether cruising through beautiful Pioneer Valley
landscapes, driving the kids to soccer practice at St. James Field or making the daily I-93
commute to the office, Americans depend on the security of being behind the wheel.
With the latest advances in technology, that picture of American freedom has been
extended to include the iPod, GPS unit, and the cell phone. Massachusetts drivers value
their freedom behind the wheel and oppose unnecessary government regulation on that
freedom, which includes their right to use a cell phone while driving.

Proponents of S1906 argue that the proposed ban is a safety measure. However,
according to Adrian Lund, president of both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
and Highway Loss Data Institute, “The laws aren't reducing crashes.” So why create an
unnecessary regulation on drivers‟ freedom?

A prohibition on cell phone use while driving, such as the ban proposed in S1906, would
violate drivers‟ right to make their own decisions about responsible cell phone use.

Drivers, themselves, are often the best people to determine if, when, and how much cell
phone use behind the wheel is responsible and appropriate, not policymakers. Many less
restrictive alternatives to an outright ban on freedom exist, including educating drivers
about their responsibilities behind the wheel. Not to mention, the technological advances
in cell phone accessories, including the hands-free device, that allow ease and control
when using a cell phone while driving.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 5th, 2010

Contact: Amanda Shortell, “Prominent Cell Phone Company”
Telephone: (617) 555-1052
E-mail: Shortell@bu.edu

      State Proposed Ban on Cell Phones While Driving Puts Families At Risk:
       Massachusetts Mothers Mobilize To Protect Their Right To Call Home

Boston, MA—Massachusetts mothers will gather at the “Prominent Cell Phone
Company‟s” retail location to show their opposition of Senate Bill 1906: An Act Relative
to Hands Free Cell Phone Devices. They will be conducting a letter-writing campaign
addressed to the chairs and co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Transportation, in whose
hands the legislative destiny of S1906 lies. With their personal parenting stories, these
mothers hope to show the Committee that their cell phones are important tools for safety
and that the proposed ban on cell phone use while driving threatens the security of their
families. These Massachusetts mothers believe decisions regarding responsible use of
cell phones behind the wheel are best left up to them, not members of a State Committee.
After writing letters to the Committee expressing their opposition to the proposed ban,
participants plan to show lawmakers that „mothers really do know best‟ by taking home
hands-free cell phone devices. The event will take place on May 1st, 2010 from 12:00 pm
to 3:00 pm.

Unnecessary government regulation on cell phone use while driving not only violates
drivers‟ security behind the wheel, but also threatens parents‟ right to protect their
families. Parents‟ right to responsibly use their cell phone when driving is a necessity in
order to make sure their kids are safe at all times.

Laura White, mother of three, says she does not go anywhere without her cell phone: “I
spend a lot of time in my car for work. And I get calls from the babysitter, from my
daughter who walks home from junior high school and calls me everyday when she has
made it home safely, and from husband. I cannot imagine what I‟d do if I could not use
my cell phone while in my car.”

States need to protect drivers from negligent policies that ignore their right to responsibly
use a cell phone when driving.

Michelle Cooper defends her right to responsibly use her cell phone while driving so she
can talk to her son who is off defending his country: “My son is a Captain in the Army
and he‟s off on deployment right now. If I am in the car when he calls home, I want to be
able to answer his call, even if I cannot get to a parking lot or shoulder right away in
order to pull over.”

								
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