Banning cellphone use by drivers might not lower the number of accidents
0. phoneArena 21 Jul 2014, 19:25 posted on
According to a professor who worked on the study, legislation in California from 2008 that banned drivers from using their cellphones while behind the wheel, had no affect on the number of accidents on the road. Professor Daniel Kaffine said that he would have expected a tiny decrease in the number of accidents, even if just a small number of drivers stopped using their phones while behind the wheel...
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1. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1948; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Ha told you it had nothing to do with it.
2. amiaq (Posts: 503; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Distracted drivers is dangerous drivers. Any randomised study will be too unethical. Above claim is a weak correlation or evidence.
3. Augustine (Posts: 863; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
The professor is an idiot, for anyone with some gray matter between the ears could figure out that the explosion in smartphones should have led to a proportional increase of accidents if people were stupid enough to use them instead of driving or too dyslexic to coordinate both tasks. People are wiser than professors and legislators.
4. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Sometimes, based on ulterior motives, the results are decided even before study starts. So, the sutudy is designed based on results that are needeed, much like what Ancel Keys did decades ago that drove 2/3 of America in the overweight range. This is what "Good Science Bad Interpretation" is all about
5. cezarepc (Posts: 638; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
IQ test needs to be taken when getting a license.
9. max9777 (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)
Also a lot of accident's are caused by just making simple mistakes, ignoring blind spots, looking through right mirror while turning left, not turning on your lane departure signals. I live in NYC and I did not see how bad people are at driving until I got my 1st car. It is ridiculous. But those F*ckers never get pulled over. meanwhile I get tickets twice a month for having tints.
6. GreekGeek (Posts: 895; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
It's called self discipline, some people have it, some people don't.
7. techloverNYC (Posts: 483; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
Yup now I will just use the smartwatch on my wrist to check the text while holding the steering wheels
8. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
The telecoms and mobile device industries pay off a lot of people to make sure they can keep growing.