Studies Show Mobile Phone Hazards

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Only 2 percent of people are able to safely multitask while driving.

Texting and dialing create more danger on the road than any cellphone-related activity. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, however, says using the cellphone at all is a serious safety hazard on the road.Mobile Phones

The Senate is considering a bill that would require all states to ban texting while driving; 17 states and the District of Columbia have already passed a ban. Seven states have outlawed driver use of hand-held communication devices altogether. (A 2008 nationwide survey showed that only 63 percent of phone users say they would obey such laws.)

There is no way to know how many accidents are cellphone-related but David Strayer, a professor at the University of Utah, estimates that only 2 percent of drivers can safely multitask while driving. They are the same people who would make good fighter pilots.

In his studies, people who were legally drunk had fewer crashes when they were sober and talking on a phone.

Some authorities believe that hands-free technology makes mobile phones safer. But talking to someone on the phone is different from talking to a passenger. The passenger helps the driver observe dangers on the road. Often in Strayer's studies, the passenger stopped or started talking according to roadway conditions.

At Johns Hopkins University, scientists have discovered that when people direct their attention to sound, the visual capacity of their brain decreases.

Then again, applying makeup, eating fast foods and attention diverting children or pets in the car aren't very good for safe driving either.

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Richard Weisser
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Gabe...

Cell phone use was bad enough, but texting while driving is insane! Excellent post!

Sep 24, 2009 12:47 AM #4
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Mike Jaquish
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Gabe,

I am convinced that we will give up ALL small freedoms in fruitless pursuit of fleeting perception of absolute safety.

I have been in 6 or 7 fenderbenders over the years.  Not always at fault.

Never on the phone.  Once I was picking a map off the seat beside me, and didn't realize the fellow in front of me was stopped.  Rear-ended him.  Perhaps maps in cars should be made illegal.

Anectdotally, historically, I am a safer driver when on the phone then when not on the phone.

Sep 24, 2009 01:18 AM #5
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GOOD MORNING GABE!  England MVD produced a great video to scare kids away from texting and driving - I saw it and I tell ya - all kids in the US - (and adults) might think twice after they see it.  I also agree about fighter pilots - I've met a few that can definitely maneuver a car in traffic - no matter what they are up against! -- Gab

Sep 24, 2009 01:29 AM #6
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Gabe Sanders
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Thanks Richard.

Thanks for the info Gabrielle, I'll check it out.

Mike, I'm not sure legislation is the way to take care of the problem.  I agree that government shouldn't tell us how to live our lives.  But, if we make bad choices and hurt others, we should definitely pay for it.

Sep 24, 2009 02:29 AM #7
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Gabe

People using a mobile and driving are a real mess. You have to drive defensively to protect yourself. A lot of the mobile phone user just are not paying attention when there driving and are unaware of what's going on around them.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Sep 24, 2009 12:08 PM #8
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Guilty! Yes, I have tried texting while driving and that was stupid.  Technology is making us compulsive multi-taskers.

Sep 24, 2009 02:48 PM #9
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Gabe - I don't find it too hard to believe that texting, dialing, and talking on the cell phone can be hazardous while driving.  It's just not a good idea, although I find myself talking on my cell while driving every once in a while.

Sep 24, 2009 04:20 PM #10
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Thanks Lou, yes it can get dangerous out there. 

Nelson, I need to constantly remind myself also.

Troy, I have a hands free blue-tooth in the car that helps.

Sep 25, 2009 03:50 AM #11
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Hi Gabe,

I'm originally from the UK and have lived in Texas for 2 years now.  In the UK, not only texting but simply talking on a cell phone was made illegal several years ago. The penalties, in terms of points on your licence and fines, are similar to speeding and red light violations. That's how serious they believe it is and to this day I still resist the temptation to talk or text while driving.

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Thanks for the info Steve.  Are you experiencing any culture shock being in Texas from the UK?

Sep 25, 2009 06:55 AM #13
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Thanks for your comments, always appreciated.

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Hi Toula, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

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Hi Michael, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

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Hi Richard, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

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Hi Mike, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

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Hi Gabrielle, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

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Hi Lou, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

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Hi Nelson, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

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Hi Troy, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

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Hi Steve, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

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