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I can't believe they needed a study.
 

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But there will always be those who think it doesn't apply to them - like the ******* driving a passenger train that crashed it, and the teens who were texting seconds before crashing a vehicle full of kids. :(
 

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I wish they'd also do a study on answering, making cell phone calls -- OOPS! just as I'm typing this, the PBS-TV Jim Lehrer Newshour is presenting a segment on this news that also says talking on a cell phone leads to a 4X increase in the collision rate -- and that hands free cell phones do NOT significantly reduce the rate below 4X.

And that 4X level is the same level as DWI (Driving While Intoxicated).


I can't count the number of times I've had to suddenly swerve or brake for drivers oblivious to all else around them who had a cell phone held to their ear.

 

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Wonder how much of our money they spent on this survey that anyone with a IQ above 50 should realize.:rolleyes:

Went back and looked, now I know.:eek:
 

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Common sense does not seem to apply to politicians and city/county traffic engineers.
I know, that's what gets us in such trouble.:rolleyes: Most likey they text also.;)
 

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I posted this the other day...

http://forum.justlabradors.com/showthread.php?t=7290

Texting while driving is riskier than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a study has suggested.

The Transport Research Laboratory found that motorists who use their mobile phone to send text messages while on the road dramatically increase the likelihood of collision.

Their reaction times deteriorated by 35 per cent, much worse than those who drank alcohol at the legal limit, who were 12 per cent slower, or those who had taken cannabis, who were 21 per cent slower.

In addition, drivers who sent or read text messages were more prone to drift out of their lane, the research found, with steering control by texters 91 per cent poorer than that of drivers devoting their full concentration to the road.
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This compared with a decline of 35 per cent by drivers under the influence of cannabis. The ability to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front also fell.

Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, which commissioned the research, said: “No responsible motorist would drink and drive. We need to ensure that text devotees understand that texting is one of the most hazardous things that can be done while in charge of a motor car.”

Despite it being illegal for a motorist to use a handheld phone behind the wheel, the RAC Foundation said that nearly half of British drivers aged between 18 and 24 admitted to texting on the roads. Yet only 144,000 people were prosecuted for using their mobile while driving last year.

During the study, the Transport Research Laboratory concluded that text messages took on average 63 seconds to compose while the phone owner was driving, compared with 22 seconds when sent from a desk.

In one minute, a car travels half a mile at town centre speeds and more than a mile on the motorway.

Nick Reed, lead researcher for the study, said: “This demonstrates how dangerous it is to drive and text. When texting, drivers are distracted by taking their hand off the wheel to use their phone, by trying to read small text on the phone display and by thinking about how to write their message.

“This combination of factors resulted in impairments to reaction time and vehicle control that place the driver at greater risk than having consumed alcohol to the legal limit for driving.”

The Department for Transport said: “Driving and mobile phones don’t mix. That is why we increased the penalty for illegally using a mobile when driving to three penalty points and a £60 fine and have run hard-hitting campaigns to remind drivers of the dangers of using a phone in any way by encouraging them to ‘Switch off before you drive off’.”

Last month the law changed so that motorists who cause a fatal accident while using a mobile phone can be jailed for up to five years. Previously the maximum punishment for similar crimes was a £5,000 fine and points on the driver’s licence.

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Vodka is not a good idea if you are about to get behind the wheel. But yesterday The Times knocked one back and climbed into a Honda Civic.

Stationary in the Transport Research Laboratory at Wokingham, Berkshire, the vehicle simulated driving conditions: I wanted to know whether texting while driving is more distracting than drink-driving. Motion sensors and computer graphics created a realistic motorway route.

Just within the drink-driving limit, I stuck to the middle lane, worried about veering off. I noticed once or twice that I had exceeded the speed limit. I had previously done the course sober but texting on a mobile. I drifted out of my lane, and was surprised to see cars coming up from behind. Sometimes my foot came off the accelerator when I typed a message.

Nick Reed, of the laboratory, said: “When people are texting, they tend to be aware of the impairment to their driving but not aware how great that is. With alcohol, the driver is not aware of the impairment. You had misplaced confidence when you had had a drink and were often up to 80mph. When you were texting, you were wandering across the lane. And your reaction times were slower.

“You understood that drink-driving is a serious risk but had less understanding about the dangers of texting.”
Think phones will be banned eventually. I have been nearly hit 3 times in the last couple of weeks by stupid people on the phone while driving. One guy drove through a red light and nearly t-boned me. For some reason I had slowed on the green (thank god).

They have banned texting in my state but really they should just ban phones and be done with it.

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Mr. Hanowski said the texting analysis was financed by $300,000 from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which has the mission of improving safety in trucks and buses.

The overall cost was $6 million to equip the trucks with video cameras and track them for three million miles as they hauled furniture, frozen foods and other goods across the country.
Why did they have to spend 6.3 mil when all they had to do was get the statistics from the insurance companies re how much they cough up every year because of stupidity? Talk about a waste of money!

In this country, using hand held phones in cars is illegal in every state. It doesn't stop the brainless morons from talking/texting. All it means is they'll (hopefully) have the book thrown at them if they get caught.
 

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One of the local talk radio program folks tells people to pull over on the shoulder if they are going to call in. He is concerned about safety. Last week a caller told him that it was illegal to pull over on the shoulder of the Interstate for anything but an emergency. The host challenged him on this, and the caller then identified himself as the Chief of our State Patrol, which was confirmed.

I give the host credit, he now tells people not to call in if they are driving and that it is illegal to pull over onto the shoulder. They have to leave the roadway.
 

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One of the local talk radio program folks tells people to pull over on the shoulder if they are going to call in. He is concerned about safety. Last week a caller told him that it was illegal to pull over on the shoulder of the Interstate for anything but an emergency. The host challenged him on this, and the caller then identified himself as the Chief of our State Patrol, which was confirmed.

I give the host credit, he now tells people not to call in if they are driving and that it is illegal to pull over onto the shoulder. They have to leave the roadway.
That's when as host of the show I would have went ballistic on the chief and called on the listeners to start some sort of recall. What the hell made him think he should call on his phone when he was driving. What a stupid ass.:eek:
 
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