Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Poll shows overwhelming support to ban hand-held cell phones behind the wheel

Poll shows overwhelming support to ban hand-held cell phones behind the wheel



Eighty-five percent of Pennsylvanians believe the state should outlaw the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.

Even more – 89 percent – believe texting should be banned as well.

Those are the latest findings of a Quinnipiac University polls released this morning.

The results are timely given that state and city officials are in the midst of considering such bans.

“It’s hard to understand why the state legislature hasn’t banned hand-held cell phone use by Pennsylvania drivers when nearly every voter in the state favors the ban,” said Clay F. Richards, the Connecticut university’s assistant director of polling

How overwhelming are the numbers. Well, Richards says you would be hard pressed to find this big a margin on any topic.

Only half-jokingly, he said he doubts 85 percent of the public would agree that the sun will rise tomorrow.


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