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Name: Julian Matthews
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hi. I'm a former journalist and Malaysian correspondent to CNet, ZDnet, Newsbytes (Washington Post-Newsweek Interactive wire agency), Nikkei Electronics Asia and I also previously contributed to The Star, The Edge, The New Straits Times, The New Zealand Herald and various magazines. Currently, I train and advise managers and executives on strategies to optimize their use of social media and online channels to reach customers. My company, Trinetizen Media, runs media training workshops on social media, media relations, investor relations, corporate blogging, podcasting, multimedia marketing, online advertising, multimedia journalism and crisis communications. You can connect with me on Facebook or LinkedIn or Twitter.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Top 8 excuses for using cellphone while driving

Malaysian police issued summons to 47,247 people in 2004 for using their cellphones, sans a hands-free kit, while driving, according to The Star. Here are the most common excuses:

1. "My boss called. I do not want to lose my job."

2. "I was telling the caller to call back."

3. "My family member is very sick."

4. "I forgot my hands-free kit."

5. "I was about to put on my hands-free kit."

6. "I was only holding the mobile phone."

7. "I was using my battery-operated shaver."

8. "I was digging my ear with the antenna."

Yes, the last one creeped me out as well. Ughh. In New York, this driver found a more valid reason.


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