VERIZON WIRELESS UNVEILS "RESPONSIBLE DRIVER ACTION PLAN" AT PUBLIC HEARING TODAY IN HARTFORD
Wireless Leader Announces Support For State-Wide Hands-Free Legislation,
Other Proactive Measures
March 12, 2001
Verizon Wireless today promoted the responsible use of wireless phones in vehicles by motorists at a hearing in the state capitol.
The announcement came during a public hearing before the Transportation Committee regarding state legislation proposed by State Representative Richard Roy (D-Milford). Verizon Wireless' advocacy is part of their Responsible Driving Action plan.
At today's hearing, Dan Mullin, director of State Public Policy for Verizon Wireless testified the company supports statewide hands-free legislation if there is broad-based support, that focuses on customer safety and incorporates the following criteria:
"Verizon Wireless' has taken a leadership role in promoting responsible driving through the use of hands-free technology, education, and when appropriate, state-wide legislation," said Mullin. "We applaud Rep. Roy for raising this issue and the transportation committee for holding this hearing to seek ways to promote responsible driving on Connecticut's roads."
At the hearing, Mullin also unveiled the company's Responsible Driver Action plan that emphasizes the commitment to responsible driving practices by customers and employees. This plan includes:
"Enacting state-wide hands-free legislation would recognize the benefits of wireless technology while addressing the need for an increased focus on responsible driving in Connecticut." Mullin said.
Editor's Note: Mr. Mullin's testimony is attached.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S., with 27.5 million wireless voice and data customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp. -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) -- and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 38,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.