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Driving while using your cell phone increases risk of crashing

Posted: , by Alan F.

Driving while using your cell phone increases risk of crashing
Sure, it is obvious, but money needs to spent on these tests anyway. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, cell phone use while driving is part of a group of distractions that raises the odds of a vehicle accident. These distractions are the cause of 15%-25% of accidents ranging from your minor every day fender bender to a fatal crash.

Most interesting is the finding that hands-free accessories do not reduce the risk of having an accident while using your handset. At the same time, there is no definitive evidence that banning cell phone use or texting while driving has reduced the number of crashes. The Governor's group suggests a ban on cell phone use regardless of whether or not hands-free technology is used, for all novice drivers. It also recommends a texting ban for all drivers. Thus far, 30 states and Washington D.C. have banned cell phone use by novice drivers while 41 states and the nation's capital have banned texting by novice drivers. 34 states and D.C. have a texting ban for all drivers.

The GHSA says that while cell phone use raises the risk of an automobile driver getting into an accident, texting raises these risks even more. The problem is that texting bans are hard to enforce. GHSA executive director Barbara Harsha said that more studies need to be done as there is still a lot about this subject that is unknown. In the meantime, the best way to avoid a crash would seem to be to not use your cell phone at all while operating a vehicle.

source: Reuters via BGR

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posted on 09 Jul 2011, 21:13

1. iSheepHunter (Posts: 55; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


Governement needs to stop focusing on this unenforcable law. They need to focus on other subjects like, I don't know, *** marriage, or weed , or THE ECONOMY or something. Something actuallt enforcable :P

I would gladly say "Go ahead, risk your own life and use your phone while driving. That's your business."

But the point is you aren't just risking your own life. You risk eveyone else's on the road.

You can wait till you get to a red light. lol

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 22:11 2

4. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


lol weed, *** marriage or the economy are either unenforceable or things that the government shouldn't manage.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 22:22 1

6. iSheepHunter (Posts: 55; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


If they the laws on it were in my opinion then they would be enforcable.



By enforcable I meant allowed for *** marriage and weed. lol. Because the could enforce the allowance of it. lol

Phonearena blocks the word g a y? wtf?

I do agree government shouldn't control either one. They should both just be allowed.One day they both will be. lol

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 22:28 1

7. iSheepHunter (Posts: 55; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


unless you space :P

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 23:15

11. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Then they wouldn't enforce it. That's like saying the government enforces your right to walk down the street.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 08:09

13. iSheepHunter (Posts: 55; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


They enforce your right to walk down the street and not be arrested, is what I'm saying.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 15:21 1

16. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


how does that make sense?

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 21:24 2

2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


This again? We get it, don't text and drive.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 22:17 1

17. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


nuff said...

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 21:49 1

3. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Anyone with common sense could've easily deduced this.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 22:12 2

5. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


first post i agree with you MIZ. Although your photo is still pretty homoerotic

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 23:07 1

8. Synack (Posts: 658; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Wow PhoneArena. Did you come up with this all by yourself?

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 23:13 1

10. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


No i think it was the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. Second line check it out

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 23:12 4

9. bossmt_2 (Posts: 429; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


In other news, getting kicked in the nuts really hurts.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 05:38

12. StreetNerd (Posts: 699; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


no s**t sherlock why posting this article.... 5year old news.....

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 08:24

14. ayephoner (Posts: 833; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


its a new study. albeit, with nearly all established info, but the news is that our government is still spending money on these studies and on legislation. this study shows that such legislation does nothing.

distracted driving is certainly not a new thing. we should stop wasting money on it.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 11:43 2

15. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)


In other news, water is still wet.

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 00:14 1

18. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


In other news:

The sky is blue.
Reagan was the greatest president ever.
Google is a search engine.

Isn't learning fun?

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 17:12

22. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


"Reagan was the greatest president ever.".... in other news The_Miz finally said something correct. xD

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 07:54

19. Fred (unregistered)


All you forum flamers are missing one critical point....it obviously NEEDS to be repeated because there are millions of idiots still doing it.

Please, stop and thing before you post.

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 21:39

21. iamblarr (unregistered)


It's just getting thumbs up because it's funny, the people making those jokes are probably the smart drivers who are sick of hearing about s**t they don't even do.


Whenever my dad gives me a ride somewhere I take his phone before we get in the car, for like a year he would ALWAYS text/call someone in the car, he got like 3 tickets(that I know of) and kept doing it, now I just take his phone and tell him "You have 2 choices, I can read your texts for you or you can wait until you're out of the car".

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 15:38

20. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


key word..:idiots".. I am not an idiot.. (my mom says) so I dont have to worry then.. : p

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