National Wireless Safety week

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - It's National Wireless Safety Week and Verizon Wireless wants to remind motorists that safety should be the top priority.

Drivers should act responsibly and obey all laws if they choose to use their cell phone while driving.

Verizon Wireless offers these tips:

  • Never view or send text or multi-media messages or video downloads while driving.
  • Using a wireless phone while driving may increase your risk of distraction, whether or not you use a hands-free device. To eliminate this risk, consider turning your phone off and allowing calls to go to voice mail.
  • If you choose to talk and drive, always use a hands-free device. Make sure your hands-free device is on and working before you begin driving.
  • Turn your phone to speakerphone or use a headset. Many phones have speakerphone capability. Headset models available from Verizon Wireless range from Bluetooth® devices for individual use, or car mount, to hands-free ear buds compatible with devices from many wireless providers.
  • Do not manually dial or look up phone numbers when driving.  Pre-program important and frequently dialed numbers and use the voice-activated and speed-dialing features of your phone.
  • If you're taking advantage of any navigation service, including VZ NavigatorSM, program the address into your phone -- either directly to the handset or online -- before you leave the curb, then you'll need only to listen to the directions.
  • Do not engage in complex, stressful or emotional calls while driving.
  • The risk of using a wireless phone while driving may be increased during hazardous traffic or weather conditions. When driving in these conditions, consider turning your phone off and allowing calls to go to voice mail.

For more information on hands-free options and responsible driving, customers can visit

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