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Cell phone etiquette 101

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Although it may seem shocking to some of us 25 and older, it’s apparently common practice for many young people to type in and read digital phone conversations while simultaneously operating a motor vehicle.

But a new state law that went into effect Sunday has made it tougher for drivers to send cell phone text messages while cruising down the road. The law makes it possible for police officers to pull over and ticket drivers engaging in this behavior. Previously, police officers had to first catch the drivers doing something else — such as running a stop sign — to also issue them a ticket for texting while driving.

Fortunately, I’ve never ridden in a vehicle with anyone who thought it was appropriate to send text messages while driving. I have, however, encountered numerous people — it seems mainly within the last year or two — who need a few tips on cell phone etiquette, whether talking or texting on the device.

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