Wireless Device Ordinance, Lower Incidence of Drunk Driving

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A wireless industry group has filed a counter action to block the ordinance which requires mobile phone manufacturers and wireless telecoms to publicize wireless and cell phone safety risks. This issue on cell phone use and the necessity to require cautions on wireless technology have blown up after a group of cancer experts have classified cell phone use as “possibly carcinogenic.” However, the industry group reiterates that the findings of the experts from the WHO does not mean that cell phones cause cancer.

The Board of Supervisors in San Francisco revised a cell phone disclosure ordinance and included a provision that retailers of cell phones must post large and inconspicuously placed ads that must include the phrase: “studies continue to assess potential health effects of mobile phone use.”

The said rules are said to be complied with on the 25th of this month, which prompted the wireless groups to file a motion in court for temporary injunction since this ordinance is allegedly preemptive of the freedom of speech provided for in the constitution.

On the other hand, City Attorney of San Francisco, Dennis Herrera said that it is in the vital interest of the city to keep people aware of the current health issues. He also added that “I’m disappointed that the wireless industry is so bent on quashing the debate about the health effects of cell phone radiation.”

In his answer and in behalf of the wireless group CTIA, John Walls, the VP for Public Affairs stated that the “material the City would require be handed out at retail stores are both alarmist and false.”

A hearing on this case is scheduled on the 20th of this month.

DRUNK DRIVING DIGITS DIP LOW

On the other side of the news, it has also been reported in a recent survey of the CDC that drunken driving incidents have fell back by 30% in the last half a decade. The researchers suggest that this may be due to the economy of the country, or people might be drinking as heavily but have just found cheaper way of drinking alcohol instead of visiting clubs and bars.

According to Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the CDC, “One possibility is that people are drinking at home more and driving less after drinking.”

The federal survey found that about one in fifty Americans have driven drunk at least once in the past month, which equates to about 4 million Americans who were driving drunk last week. This figure also led to a translation of about 112 million incidences of drunk driving last 2010, a daily average of 300,000.

Although the statistics may seem a bit negative, the officials say that this is the lowest estimate since 2006.

“While the nation has made great strides in reducing drunk driving over the years, it continues to be one of the leading causes of death and injury on America’s roads — claiming a life every 48 minutes,” added David Strickland, agency administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

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