Survey Reveals 60 Percent of Polled Washington Drivers and 44 Percent of Polled California Drivers Don't Know When State's Hands-free Legislation Goes Into Effect

New law will impact nearly 4.6 million drivers in Washington State and more than 23 Million licensed drivers in California. NTD Telecommunications provides the latest in hands free communication technology.

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It's important for Washington and California drivers to not only familiarize themselves with the hands-free law, but also the options available to them to ensure compliance before the law goes into effect

Lynnwood, WA (PRWEB) June 16, 2008

Despite the imminent nature of California and Washington State's new legislation requiring all drivers to use hands-free devices while talking on cell phones, many are unfamiliar with the details of the law, including when it goes into effect and the consequences for non-compliance.

According to a new survey by TNS and Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: PLT), 44 percent of polled California drivers don't know when the new law goes into effect and 72 percent don't have a strong familiarity with what it encompasses. In Washington State, 60 percent of polled drivers don't know when the new law goes into effect and 78 percent don't have a strong familiarity with what it encompasses.

California and Washington State's new hands-free legislation, which goes into effect July 1, 2008, will impact more than 23 million licensed drivers in California and 4.6 million drivers in Washington.

Of the drivers polled, other findings included:

  • Sixty-five percent of polled California drivers and sixty percent of polled Washington drivers admitted to regularly talking on their cell phones while driving.
  • Sixty-two percent of California drivers and sixty percent of Washington drivers believe that headsets help eliminate physical distractions when performing driving tasks.
  • Eighty-four percent of California drivers and seventy-five percent of Washington drivers would recommend that their friends and loved ones use a headset.

Under the new law, California drivers cannot hold cell phones to their head while on the road. Hands-free devices such as headsets and speakerphones are mandatory when using a cell phone while driving. Drivers under the age of 18 cannot use cell phones while driving at all, even if used in conjunction with a hands-free device.

In Washington, drivers cannot hold cell phones to their head while on the road. Hands-free devices such as headsets and speaker phones are mandatory when using a cell phone while driving.

"It's important for Washington and California drivers to not only familiarize themselves with the hands-free law, but also the options available to them to ensure compliance before the law goes into effect," said Bill Nosworthy, President of NTD Telecommunications located in Lynnwood, Wa. "We recognize that drivers have many different needs, so NTD Telecommunications provides a wide variety of headsets and speaker phones that fit individual preferences, needs and style.

Please visit: http://www.headsetzone.com , http://www.hearmeclear.com or call NTD Telecommunications at 800-426-1024 to find the hands-free device that is best for you.

About NTD Telecommunications:
Since 1964 NTD Telecommunications has been a leader in the communications distribution industry. NTD has a vast inventory of Telecom, Conferencing, Security, Audio/Video devices and a full time staff of experienced telecommunications professionals ready to help you find the right communications solution for home or business. We features such brands as Plantronics, Spracht, ICC, Clarity, Viking and many others. NTD is a member of the Better Business Bureau.

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