ROADSIDE CHAT.

Author:Lyman, Eric
Position::Brief Article
 
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In response to a growing number of accidents caused by drivers splitting their concentration between the road and their cellular telephones, Callao, Peru, passed a law last year that made the practice illegal. The measure added it to the growing list of Latin American cities that are outlawing driving while speaking on the phone.

"At one point, we had nearly an accident a day tied to cellular telephone use by drivers," says municipality spokesman Mauricio Samanamu. "The aim of the law is a simple one: Give drivers enough of an incentive for them to pull over when they receive a call." The US$85 fine in a country where the per capita income is barely $125 a month definitely curbs phone conversations.

Last year, the fines added around $55,000 to coffers in...

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