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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/30/2010

Lanier: Put the cell phone down

By Washington Post editors

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is joining national leaders to urge people to stop using their cell phones while driving.

The Associated Press reports that Lanier attended a "No Phone Zone" rally Friday at the Newseum organized by "The Oprah Winfrey Show," ''The Gayle King Show" and WJLA-TV.

Winfrey wasn't there, but Gayle King, editor-at-large of O magazine, interviewed Lanier about the city's distracted driving laws.

Lanier said she's seen countless "tragic consequences" when motorists use their phones.

She said D.C. police have written about 11,000 distracted driving tickets annually since the law went into effect in 2004 and it may be having an impact. In the last two years, the chief says the District has seen the lowest level of traffic fatalities in about 25 years.

-- Associated Press

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By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  | Tags:  Gayle King, Mobile phone, Newseum, Oprah Winfrey Show, OprahWinfrey  
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DC police cheif. . how can we ticket your officers, for driving while on the phone?

BAD COP. . no doughnut for you, til you get your officers to hang up their phones also!!!

Posted by: Robbnitafl | April 30, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

retarded... crashes happen with or without a cell phone... if everyone used a neck massager while driving people would be crashing with those... no different than talking to someone thats in the car... chitty law!!!

Posted by: rockettonu | April 30, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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