Appendix A Message from the CTIA
(Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association) to all users of mobile phones
A Guide to Safe and Responsible Wireless Phone Use
Safety is the most important call you will ever make.
Tens of millions of people in the U.S. today take advantage of the unique combination of convenience, safety and value delivered by the wireless telephone. Quite simply,
the wireless phone gives people the powerful ability to communicate by voice almost anywhere, anytime with the boss, with a client, with the kids, with emergency personnel
or even with the police. Each year, Americans make billions of calls from their wireless phones, and the numbers are rapidly growing.
But an important responsibility accompanies those benefits, one that every wireless phone user must uphold. When driving a car, driving is your first responsibility. A wireless
phone can be an invaluable tool, but good judgment must be exercised at all times while driving a motor vehicle whether on the phone or not.
The basic lessons are ones we all learned as teenagers. Driving requires alertness, caution and courtesy. It requires a heavy dose of basic common sense keep your head up,
keep your eyes on the road, check your mirrors frequently and watch out for other drivers. It requires obeying all traffic signs and signals and staying within the speed limit.
It means using seatbelts and requiring other passengers to do the same.
But with wireless phone use, driving safely means a little more. This brochure is a call to wireless phone users everywhere to make safety their first priority when behind the
wheel of a car. Wireless telecommunications is keeping us in touch, simplifying our lives, protecting us in emergencies and providing opportunities to help others in need.
When it comes to the use of wireless phones, safety is your most important call .
Wireless Phone "Safety Tips"
Below are safety tips to follow while driving and using a wireless phone which should be easy to remember.
Get to know your wireless phone and its features such as speed dial and redial. Carefully read your instruction manual and learn to take advantage of valuable features
most phones offer, including automatic redial and memory. Also, work to memorize the phone keypad so you can use the speed dial function without taking your attention
off the road.
When available, use a hands free device. A number of hands free wireless phone accessories are readily available today. Whether you choose an installed mounted device
for your wireless phone or a speaker phone accessory, take advantage of these devices if available to you.
Position your wireless phone within easy reach. Make sure you place your wireless phone within easy reach and where you can grab it without removing your eyes from
the road. If you get an incoming call at an inconvenient time, if possible, let your voice mail answer it for you.
Suspend conversations during hazardous driving conditions or situations. Let the person you are speaking with know you are driving; if necessary, suspend the call in
heavy traffic or hazardous weather conditions. Rain, sleet, snow and ice can be hazardous, but so is heavy traffic. As a driver, your first responsibility is to pay attention
to the road.
Do not take notes or look up phone numbers while driving. If you are reading an address book or business card, or writing a "to do" list while driving a car, you are not
watching where you are going. It's common sense. Don't get caught in a dangerous situation because you are reading or writing and not paying attention to the road or
Dial sensibly and assess the traffic; if possible, place calls when you are not moving or before pulling into traffic. Try to plan your calls before you begin your trip or
attempt to coincide your calls with times you may be stopped at a stop sign, red light or otherwise stationary. But if you need to dial while driving, follow this simple tip
dial only a few numbers, check the road and your mirrors, then continue.
Do not engage in stressful or emotional conversations that may be distracting. Stressful or emotional conversations and driving do not mix they are distracting and even
dangerous when you are behind the wheel of a car. Make people you are talking with aware you are driving and if necessary, suspend conversations which have the potential
to divert your attention from the road.
Use your wireless phone to call for help. Your wireless phone is one of the greatest tools you can own to protect yourself and your family in dangerous situations with
your phone at your side, help is only three numbers away. Dial 9 1 1 or other local emergency number in the case of fire, traffic accident, road hazard or medical emergency.
Remember, it is a free call on your wireless phone!
Use your wireless phone to help others in emergencies. Your wireless phone provides you a perfect opportunity to be a "Good Samaritan" in your community. If you see
an auto accident, crime in progress or other serious emergency where lives are in danger, call 9 1 1 or other local emergency number, as you would want others to do for you.
Call roadside assistance or a special wireless non emergency assistance number when necessary. Certain situations you encounter while driving may require attention, but
are not urgent enough to merit a call for emergency services. But you still can use your wireless phone to lend a hand. If you see a broken down vehicle posing no serious
hazard, a broken traffic signal, a minor traffic accident where no one appears injured or a vehicle you know to be stolen, call roadside assistance or other special non
emergency wireless number.
Careless, distracted individuals and people driving irresponsibly represent a hazard to everyone on the road. Since 1984, the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association
and the wireless industry have conducted educational outreach to inform wireless phone users of their responsibilities as safe drivers and good citizens. As we approach a new
century, more and more of us will take advantage of the benefits of wireless telephones. And, as we take to the roads, we all have a responsibility to drive safely. The wireless
industry reminds you to use your phone safely when driving.
For more information, please call 1 888 901 SAFE. For updates: www.wow com.com/consumer/issues/driving/articles.cfm?ID=85
Appendix B Message from the FDA
Message from the FDA
July 18, 2001 For updates: www.fda.gov/cdrh/phones
Do wireless phones pose a health hazard? The available scientific evidence does not show that any health problems are associated with using wireless phones. There is no
proof, however, that wireless phones are absolutely safe. Wireless phones emit low levels of radio frequency energy (RF) in the microwave range while being used. They
also emit very low levels of RF when in the standby mode. Whereas high levels of RF can produce health effects (by heating tissue), exposure to low level RF that does
not produce heating effects causes no known adverse health effects. Many studies of low level RF exposures have not found any biological effects. Some studies have
suggested that some biological effects may occur, but such findings have not been confirmed by additional research. In some cases, other researchers have had difficulty
in reproducing those studies, or in determining the reasons for inconsistent results.
What is FDA s role concerning the safety of wireless phones? Under the law, FDA does not review the safety of radiation emitting consumer products such as wireless
phones before they can be sold, as it does with new drugs or medical devices. However, the agency has authority to take action if wireless phones are shown to emit radio
frequency energy (RF) at a level that is hazardous to the user. In such a case, FDA could require the manufacturers of wireless phones to notify users of the health hazard
and to repair, replace or recall the phones so that the hazard no longer exists. Although the existing scientific data do not justify FDA regulatory actions, FDA has urged
the wireless phone industry to take a number of steps, including the following: Support needed research into possible biological effects of RF of the type emitted by wireless
phones; Design wireless phones in a way that minimizes any RF exposure to the user that is not necessary for device function; and Cooperate in providing users of wireless
phones with the best possible information on possible effects of wireless phone use on human health. FDA belongs to an interagency working group of the federal agencies
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