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HALIFAX, N.S. — A survey by Corporate Research Associates shows 72 per cent of Nova Scotians are in favour of banning the use of all cell phones while driving.

The survey showed that 93 respondents thought that people using hand-held cell phones while driving are a very serious or somewhat serious safety problem.

“I think the big picture one would draw from the data… is that almost across the board–nine in 10 Nova Scotians–feel that driving a car while using a hand-held cellular phone causes a serious safety problem,” said Peter MacIntosh, director of public affairs with Corporate Research Associates.

“Only a very small number–six per cent–feel that this is not very or not at all serious.

The survey polled 401 people in the second and third weeks of February. The survey is conducted in such a way that it balances out the province’s citizens by location, income and level of education.

A previous survey by the company, May 1999, showed that then, about 77 per cent of respondents were in favour of banning the cell phones.

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