Over the past week, the New York Times has run a series of articles called "Driven to Distraction" on the dangers of driving while using a cell phone. The latest article writes that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) withheld

"hundreds of pages of research and warnings about the use of phones by drivers — in part, officials say, because of concerns about angering Congress."

Another example of a federal agency under the Bush Administration looking the other way as scientific facts might have gotten in the way of the almighty dollar from phone company lobbyists.

The worst part about this is that information was available for so long. Here's the feature story we did back in 2006 on the work being done by a University of Utah researcher. I know there were lots of stories written around then, but nobody in government thought that this was a major hazard.

Think of how many lives could have been saved if government had blocked cell phone use
in cars BEFORE the iPhone was introduced. Now people don't think twice about checking
e-mail, Twittering or more while behind the wheel. It's going to be quite difficult to put the
genie back in the bottle at this stage, so it's up to individuals to do the responsible thing:

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