On 12 Oct 2005 10:11:06 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org
>Because like idiots who drive without seat belts, some people are
>of being left to their own devices. Unfortunately, everyone pays for
>but the evidence that cell phones are the most distracting driver
>is pretty clear. Listening to a radio or drinking coffee is no where
I'd have to see to data to back that up.
Anything a driver does, from the stereo, to cell phones, to conversing
with a passenger is distracting. So is flipping off another driver, or
even shooting at them while traveling 65mph. It's not the listening to
the radio, it's the changing stations or picking another CD etc. It's
not so much the drinking of the coffee as it is the disruption of the
view of the road. Or the smoke fumbling with the pack, and the
lighter, and the ash tray.
Aside from dialing, what extra is there about using a cell phone,
which does not occur when a driver is conversing with a passenger,
multi-tasking the day ahead, smoking a cigarette, drinking a cup of
coffee, while trying to read the road signs, watch for cops, and all
the rest, at 65mph? Even with a hands free unit, it's essentially the
same as conversing with a passenger. I'm not promoting cell phone use.
Personally, with text messaging, and lists of missed calls, a driver
can wait to a more opportune time... like stop at a truck stop and
have a cup of coffee while catching up on calls. As for dialing, if
it's necessary, most phones have speed dialing.
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