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Re: Did Talking on a Cellphone While Driving Get a Bum Rap?
Posted by: Mike Pearson 2009-08-17 08:26:03
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It wasn't all that long ago that the talk about cellphones and driving was all talk. That is, consumers, driving-safety advocates, and lawmakers debated whether using a hands-free device was enough to make talking on a cellphone safe, or whether talking on the newly ubiquitous devices while behind the wheel should be banned outright. However, the startling growth of text messaging and a rash of texting-related accidents have helped put the focus squarely on the tiny keyboards of modern mobile phones.

Put the phone down and drive!
Posted by: bushputz 2009-08-17 11:34:09 In reply to: Mike Pearson
I refuse to use a phone while I drive, because I know how distracting they are.
During my 20-mile commute every day, I make a game out of trying to figure out who is on a cell phone. Whenever I see someone being a bonehead (going from side-to-side in the lane, not signaling lane changes, wandering into other lanes, etc.) I make a guess whether they're on a cell phone or not.
I've got about an 80% accuracy rate guessing which morons will have a phone in their hand.
Anyone who thinks they can use a cell phone (whether talking or texting) while driving is fooling themselves and endangering others.

cells and driving
Posted by: yarrl1 2009-08-17 10:09:55 In reply to: Mike Pearson
Being a retired big truck driver I found that using a cell phone totally distracts the attention from the job at hand, driving. Mentally you are totally concentrating on the conversation, not the road. Much different than a C B radio conversation which are mostly B S. Having talked to other drivers about this, most agreed.

Posted by: nathan_t 2009-08-17 08:26:45 In reply to: Mike Pearson
14.4 million in 2008 to 1 trillion last year? Typo perhaps?
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