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More Americans talk and text while driving than those in other countries

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More Americans talk and text while driving than those in other countries
A study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention finds that Americans talk and text more than drivers in other countries. The agency found that 69% of Americans they spoke with had talked on their handset while driving at least once in the 30 days prior to the survey. That figure compares to the 21% of UK drivers who were guilty of the doing the exact same thing. And compared with the 15% of drivers in Spain who had sent or read a text or email while driving in the 30 days prior to the survey, 31% of Americans had done the same thing.

Talking or texting while driving can have fatal results

Talking or texting while driving can have fatal results

The CDC also examined U.S. drivers more thoroughly and found that both men and women are equally guilty when it comes to talking on a handset while driving, or sending/receiving a text or email while behind the wheel. It was also found that drivers in the age group of 25-44 are more liable to talk on a phone while driving, compared to those in the 55-64 age bracket. When it comes to texting or emailing while driving, it is a behavior seen more in the 18-34 age group than those aged 45-64.

As of last month, 33 states and the District of Columbia had laws preventing teens or new drivers from using a handset while driving. The CDC says that parents can play a big role by modeling the correct behavior for their children. One idea would be to include "no talking or texting while driving" as part of a parent-teen driving agreement.

"The cell phone can be a fatal distraction for those who use it while they drive. Driving and dialing or texting don’t mix. If you are driving, pull over to a safe place and stop before you use your cell phone."-Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC Director

source: CDC via Slashgear

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posted on 15 Mar 2013, 13:18 4

1. StreetNerd (Posts: 705; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


just dumb.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:37

8. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4015; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I don't want to wish anything bad on people as a whole, BUT if you value a texting more than your life then you really deserve what happens to you. It's been proven more & more that texting & driving kills, yet people still do it.

Think of it this way.... if you love texting so much then value your life & wait to text, because from the grave you won't be texting anyone.

Sad but true.

+1

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:52 1

11. Aeires (unregistered)


Except the innocent people you run into.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 15:09

12. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4015; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Bingo!!!!!

Usually, who most of the time gets hurt are the people who the texting person either mows down or crashes into.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 13:28 1

2. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


So I understand the outrage over texting while driving, but why the anger over talking and driving, especially in cases where people wear bluetooth headsets?
It seems to me eating or putting on makeup while driving are more distracting, and never garner a single mention.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 13:37 3

3. TheMan (Posts: 402; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


First, the issue is distracted driving. Prior studies have shown that hands-free or not, the driver increases the risk of accident by using the cell phone while driving. That's why the CDC recommends pulling over, not whipping out the Bluetooth.

Second, you're right. Eating, applying make-up, etc are rarely mentioned, but are illegal in (at least) some states. I remember in Massachusetts there are actions such as eating, shaving (yes, it's done -- at least by men...I haven't noted any women doing so), and other distracting behavior behind the wheel are against Commonwealth law.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:17

6. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


After reading through the CDC article, I realize they never make reference any information pertaining to the statistics it collected (bad). Saying "cellphone" is completely unclear to whether it's bluetooth or otherwise. This press release seems like a follow-up to the NTSB's recommendation 18 months ago to outlaw all cellphone usage in vehicles, which was analogous to outlawing hamburgers because people are fat. Why can't someone do a study on headsets v. handsets in accidents...

And BTW you're completely 100% correct, distracted driving is the issue, whatever the means. And I'm actually glad to hear atleast one state tackles the issue.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:42

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4015; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


NEVERMIND

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 13:51

4. imkyle (Posts: 983; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Because every stupid person has to update their status saying " Driving Home Now"

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:13

5. ThePro (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I loved the timing of this post, I'm living in the US and today I almost got ran over by someone who simply didn't see a stop sign while texting.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:32

7. donfem (Posts: 526; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Stiffer penalties should be given to anyone caught texting and driving or dialling while driving. Lives lost as a result of these don't get other opportunities which the perpetrators of accidents get with "good lawyers".

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:47

10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6437; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


could of told u that already. why bother posting this news when EVERYONE HERE in the U.S. TEXT & DRIVE or call & drive same time and they still don't stop and don't realize how dangerous it is when driving

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 16:47

13. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 May 2012)


The crash pictured wasn't caused by texting and driving, nice try though using fear tactics like the bush administration.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 17:22

14. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Bad. In India i see most of them on two wheelers held tilted and talking on phone while driving ... that's still more dangerous. I feel so pissed off that i feel like getting off from car stopping them take the phone and switch to vibrate mode and then shove the damn phone at most comfortable place in their body .... sometimes i wonder what do they have so much to talk about?

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 17:53

15. mydi.maus (unregistered)


its what we love to do...why us?why

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 18:02

16. paulyyd (Posts: 326; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


but guys if I cant text and drive how am I suppose to check my facebook jeeeze

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 21:33

17. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


This is especially true in California...no shock there.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 23:29

18. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


Americans are morons ........ idiots ....coz when they already know its too dangerous to txt or make calls while driving they still no act on it............

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 23:35

19. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5404; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


And that's why we need a smarter S Voice and Siri and also Google Now.

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