Friday, June 30, 2006

Cell phone talkers as bad as drunk drivers

Ah, yes. The evil cell phone. DH and I must be the only 2 people left on earth without a cell phone. I've seen kids as young as 8 or 10 have one! That is WAY to young, imo, for a cell phone. Where are these kids at that they need a cell phone? Are they not being chaperoned by an adult? Why do 8 yr olds need phones???

Drivers in Erie are already bad enough. I hate when I get behind someone who is either driving like a maniac or driving like grandpa. Then I finally get around them and what do I see? They are on a CELL PHONE! The same with people in a store! Can't you wait until you have checked out to chat with someone about nothing in particular? I can see if you are calling to ask a question about something that you need or are looking for, such as size, etc. My mil calls when she is shopping for the boys to make sure they don't already have something and to double check sizes. THAT, I can understand, especially since we are 2 states away. But just to shoot the breeze? C'mon! That's what voice mail is for!

Anyway, I ran across this article and I had to chuckle. It reiterates what I was talking about above (driving).

Cell phone talkers as bad as drunk drivers
More study participants rear-ended car while on cell phones than drunk

Updated: 7:24 p.m. ET June 29, 2006

WASHINGTON - People who talk on cell phones while driving, even using "hands-free" devices, are as impaired as drunk drivers, researchers said Thursday.

"If legislators really want to address driver distraction, then they should consider outlawing cell phone use while driving," said Frank Drews, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Utah who worked on the study.

The researchers used a driving simulation device for their study, published in the summer 2006 issue of Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

They studied 40 volunteers who used a driving simulator four times - while undistracted, using a handheld cell phone, using a hands-free cell phone and while intoxicated to a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol level - the average legal level of impairment in the United States - after drinking vodka and orange juice.

Three study participants rear-ended the simulated car in front of them. All were talking on cellphones and none was drunk, the researchers said.

Motorists who talked on either handheld or hands-free cell phones drove slightly more slowly, were 9 percent slower to hit the brakes, and varied their speed more than undistracted drivers.

Drivers with an 0.08 percent blood-alcohol level drove a bit more slowly than both undistracted drivers and telephone users, yet more aggressively.

Cell phone signal excites brain - is it harmful?

"Driving while talking on a cell phone is as bad as or maybe worse than driving drunk," said Drews, who said alcohol was involved in 40 percent of the 42,000 annual U.S. traffic fatalities.

Just like many people who have been drinking, the cell phone users did not believe themselves to be affected, the researchers found.

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Comments on "Cell phone talkers as bad as drunk drivers"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:14 PM) : 

Def. true which is why I avoid talking on my cell while I'm driving if I can help it.

My sister TEXTS while she drives. Now THAT is scary!! :)

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