Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the leading real estate services company in the Bay Area, today announced its support of National “No Phone Zone Day” on Friday, April 30.  The company is asking its sales associates, executives, staff and clients to refrain from using their phone while driving, eliminating distractions from incoming calls, texts and e-mails.

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) teamed up with Oprah Winfrey, along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and several other organizations, for national day of awareness to end distracted driving.  The large-scale effort to honor victims of distracted driving will also educate and activate Americans to end the deadly driving habits that kill nearly 6,000 Americans a year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Cell phones and cars are two of the most essential tools in a real estate agent’s business,” said Rick Turley, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.  “Agents are constantly on the road driving from appointment to appointment, and they’re using their phones to communicate to their clients.  But we’re encouraging them to make Friday a “No Phone Zone” and either use a handsfree device or put their phone away completely so they can arrive at their destination safely.”

Despite laws in California outlawing texting and the use of hand-held devices while driving, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is aware that some drivers may not be following the law completely.  The public is welcome to pledge their commitment through Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Northern California Table Talk blog at http://cbnctabletalk.wordpress.com.

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