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May 21, 2008

Best Buy Helps Consumers Prepare for California Hands-Free Driving Regulations

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Best Buy has announced that Local Best Buy BlueShirt employees will be available for in-store, in-studio and phone interviews providing insight on how to prepare for hands-free driving in the state of California.
 
California will begin prohibiting the use of cell phones by drivers without a hands-free device on July 1, 2008. This decision has been made to reduce car accidents caused by distracted drivers. California currently logs more than 4,000 traffic deaths each year.



 
According to a new study released by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), this law is likely to save hundreds of lives a year especially when the weather is bad or roads are wet. The study indicates that California will experience 300 fewer traffic fatalities a year after the law takes effect on July 1st.
 
Interested people may contact the media representative to make arrangements. The company is committed to ensuring a smooth transition to hands-free mobile devices and for the purpose is making available knowledgeable employees to assist consumers in finding the right mobile accessories to fit their lifestyle. Best Buy is also offering installation services for in-car devices, which ensures that all items are installed for optimum driver safety. 
  
According to Best Buy, consumers have three primary options for complying with the new regulations while determining which hands-free technology is best for their lifestyle. Best Buy BlueShirt and Geek Squad technology experts can elaborate on three main technologies that can help consumers comply with the new hands-free regulations. These include Bluetooth headsets, portable Bluetooth speakerphone and installed Bluetooth car kit.
 
The technology experts can also elaborate on the expected cost and activation tips. They will also explain how people can know if their cell phone is Bluetooth compatible and what type of phone they need in order to use the Bluetooth headsets. Moreover, they will provide tips for configuring hands-free calling through GPS systems and other mobile gadgets. 
 
 
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering call centers, CRM and information technology. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
 
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