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Using a cellphone while driving is dangerous, yet most of us do it anyway

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Using a cellphone while driving is dangerous, yet most of us do it anyway
You have heard it before and you will hear it again – using a cellphone behind the wheel is pretty risky and you should avoid doing it irregardless of how urgent the situation appears to be. Nevertheless, three out of five drivers out there use their handsets to talk or text while driving, even though 91% of all adults are aware of the risks that doing so imposes, according to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactve.

The study also shows that younger drivers are more likely to reach for their cellphone when driving, which considerably raises their chances of getting into an accident. What sounds even more disturbing is that approximately one in five drivers admits they send or read text messages while behind the wheel, which has been found to be an even greater distraction than talking on the phone itself.

The good news is that the percentage of people who use hands-free devices has increased from 60% in 2006 to 72% today. However, some other studies suggest that their usage does not necessarily decrease the risk of crashing, even though 77% of all drivers believe otherwise.

That being said, please, be careful out there and restrain yourself from using your cellphone while driving. Putting your safety at risk is really not worth it.

source: Harris Interactive via PRNewswire

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posted on 20 Jul 2011, 08:25 2

1. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


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posted on 20 Jul 2011, 08:25 2

2. Laurynas (unregistered)


Old news...

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 08:55 1

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3859; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


What?!? Since when is dangerous to talk or text while driving? That is nonsense. It's heresy I tell you! lol It's just another thing to bring us the mobile phone user down. What is next, I won't be able to smoke at a hospital or a gas station? I can’t drink & drive either? lol

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 09:09 1

4. StupidBSasAlways (unregistered)


So why arent they complaining about TALKING to the passengers in your car? Why arent they outlawing drinking drinks, smoking, doing make-up, reading the news paper, turning your music up too loud...seriously ALL of these are WAY more distracting than talking on a hands free device...Im so sick of the government getting WAY too involved in basic daily life...Shut up, mind your business, and complain about things that matter slightly more than "talking"...

-Legacy

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 09:22

5. dickenson (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 May 2009)


If anyone does not know this by now. They are just plain stupid. And now people who never knew how to drive are now talking on the phone and driving. Wonderful. It's only a matter of time before they and and all the other fools behind the steering wheel doing 65 mph crash their car and either kill somebody mother, sister, aunt, father, brother, nephew and new born baby and end up seriously hurt and paralized themselve. Put the phone down people. And Drive Carefully. Excuses will not bring anyone back from the dead because you could not put that phone down.

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 10:27

6. STFUPLEASEANDTHANKS (unregistered)


lololoololololololololololololololol!!!!!!!!!

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 10:49

7. Vittorio (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)


Well, I live in Spain, and I have to say that this is some shocking news. Talking on your mobile phone while driving was banned quite a few years ago now around here, while if you are caught in the act it is a cause for severe fines to be imposed. I believe it is the same in the rest of Europe.

Said that, I can understand if a country do not forbid their citizens to talk while driving, really.

But TEXTING?

Really?

You've got to be mad to do it. Or a hormone ridden teenager.

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 11:04

8. so? (unregistered)


I downloaded limitless directly onto my evo3d while driving on 95 and texting multiple girls its easy its needed to just be smart about it. If you suck at driving leave your phone at home cuz your day will come soon enough...lol sike just drive smart

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 11:35 1

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3859; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Dude you are the next person I am going to read about in the newspapers. See what’s going to happen is that you won't kill yourself driving you will not have a single scratch on your body at all. You will be safe and sound. What you will end up doing while you are texting girls is run over a kid who is playing on the street, or you might swerve & hit someone on a side walk. What you are doing is so irresponsible. It's impossible to see what is happening while driving & be texting at the same time. It only takes a split second for a kid to jump in front of your car or for you to swerve into a sidewalk. So keep playing Russian Roulette & eventually you will lose. Driving smart is not texting or using you phone at all. You can't drive smart if you are texting or using your phone. So one day you will be involved in an accident, again you will be safe & not hurt. The difference is you will have a vehicular manslaughter charge & some family will be without their kid or loved one. Why? Because you think you can text girls & drive smart at the same time. Dude the texting of girls can wait. Have someone drive you around if you need to text girls all the time. It’s so silly you would risk everything to send a text to a girl.

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 11:48

10. bossmt_2 (Posts: 430; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


People need to prioritize. Even a fender bender can cost you nearly a 1000 bucks. Not to mention what can happen if yourself, or others are injured, or you total your car or cause extensive damage to another car or property.

People can wait to get a message from me or a phone call. If what you have to do is important, pull off on the side of the road.

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 12:02

11. gregoryyy3 (Posts: 110; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


who ever wrote this is an idiot.. no offense. give us something we want to hear

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 14:06 1

12. DumbestIshEver (unregistered)


LOLOLOLOLOL @ talking being like russian roulette!!!!!! AHHAHAHAHAH

I take it when your wife or gf or kids are in the car that you tell them to STFU and not talk because they are playing russian roulette with your lives!!!! Ohhhh noooo and dont take your whining kids anywhere! They will distract you and kill MILLIONS OF PEOPLE!!!! Dear god no!!!!! And forget going through a drive threw to get food! If you turn and spill ur fries from the bag, YOU WILL CERTAINLY DIE and kill lots of babies!

STFU, seriously! If you cant walk and chew bubble gum you should off yourself anyways! lol

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 14:08 1

13. DumbestIshEver (unregistered)


PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE AND NEVER EVER EVER EVER DRIVE WITH ANYONE IN YOUR CAR! IT IS A DISTRACTION AND MAY KILL THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF YOUR COUNTRY IN ONE SWOOOOOOP! IF YOU HAVE KIDS, PLEASE GET A BABYSITTER AND NEVER TAKE THEM ANYWHERE! ONE CRY COULD KILL 1000 PEOPLE!!!!

SMARTEN UP PEOPLE! DEAR LORD PLEASE WONT SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 14:33 1

14. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3859; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Ok you seriously need to scale back your BS. Having people in the car talking & texting with your eyes off the road are 2 different things. Hey you are free to do as you like. When you have to pay a fine because a cop see you using your phone, I will be laughing at you. Let's hope that is the only thing that happens to you because if you kill someone YOU will go to jail on vehicular manslaughter charges. Then your biggest worry will be to NOT drop the bar of soap during shower time! lol

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 15:42

17. FoolIoCoolio (unregistered)


LMAO, you talk like such a stuck up prick its hilarious, people like you are the problem with america. Everyone wants to act like they know what is best for everyone. f**k half of you shouldnt have a license because you already cant drive for s**t!

How is havin someone sitting next to you in your car, talking, singing, crying, whining, fighting in the back seat worse than talking on a bluetooth....

Seriously, your a f**king tool...The law allows for hands free devices, guess what, they dial, read texts, send texts, and all over ANDROID hands free...so while youre busy being a loser ass tool...PLEASE get real with your life...kthxbye!

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 16:27

19. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3859; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You are obviously an ignorant fool. You are such a weak person that it hurts me to even reduce myself to your level. Hands free calling IS legal you buffoon. lol You can use Bluetooth that is fine, what we are talking about is NOT using a hands free device. Are you that demented that you can't see that? You are so stupid, that it scares me that you drive at all. Because I needed to explain that to you, you SHOULD get your license revoked because of your insane stupidity. lol I can't believe I need to tell you this, BUT hands free devices are OK to use while driving you moron. NOT using those devices is the problem you horrible excuse of a human being. lol People like YOU are a pestilence to our society. lol God I feel stupid talking to you. You infect me with your overall stupidity! I need to take a shower now to get rid of your lingering stupidity. lol Is this guy serious? Ohh & another thing just because you use a hands free device doesn’t mean that you are not at risk. So you are better off not using your mobile phone at all. I am telling you this because you are a stupid little man! Real life statistics DON’T lie. lol

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 16:08

18. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


@superandroidevo..usually im with you but not on this..my son is 3 and is constantly in the car with me throwing fits asking for food asking a million y questions and what is that questions..it still does not hinder me from driving, yes texting while driving is dangerous and i dont condone it but if you can do it and still have the same focus as i have with my kid driving me crazy than its their deal. s**t happens even if your texting on your phone or driving like the "perfect" driver.

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 16:45

21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3859; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


rican, I got a 3 year old also, & a 11 month old. Talking to them & texting on my phone are 2 different things. I can talk to them until I lose my voice & STILL keep my eyes on the road. My focus while I am in the car is to be a defensive driver because I CAN control my car, but I CAN’T control the guy who is going to crash into me because they are texting or using the phone. That happened to me already. Last summer on my way to my Mothers to drop of my kids before I went to work I got rear ended because & wait for it........ the lady in the car was TEXTING. Plus she had kids in the car at the time of the accident because she was taking them to school. I am not making this up. She ruined her car and mine. Thank God my kids were not hurt. Now if the lady wasn’t doing that she would have seen the light was red & that I was stopped for almost a minute. So people need to see that you just because you think you are in control doesn't mean you won’t get in to a car accident.

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 16:57

22. FoolIoCoolio (unregistered)


WRONG the end of the article argues that HANDS FREE does NOT equal SAFER! So they are arguing that TALKING at ALL is the problem!

Maybe your comprehension skills are lacking...SMH, tool...way to try to prove a point and be terribly horribly wrong!

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 17:48

23. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3859; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Dude I don't know if you are high or drunk, but you have to be the most ignorant person ever. I thought I was clear & to the point. Hey man what ever you want to say is cool. Keep your BS going. It's all good. I am losing brain cells talking to you.

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 18:25

24. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


true true thats the same reason i defensively drive as well..either way there are people that are gonna do it regardless, its human nature..i remember one day i was going to work and i saw this teen talking on the phone f**king with the mirror i guess looking at her ugly ass self and driving fast as hell...i quickly turned left just to avoid anything that was about to happen.

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 16:30

20. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3859; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


The_Miz, I can't argue with that. I am 100% with you. Finally something we can agree on. lol

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 19:44

27. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2941; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


this isnt about android, this is about texting on phones. ANY phones. Prepaid phones, smartphones, iphones, blackberries. THEY ALL APPLY.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 18:04 2

25. c01jacj1 (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


Eating Crunchy Taco's while driving is dangerous too.. along with getting to the last bit of chips left in the bottom of a bag by trying to dump them into your mouth... Lesson here.. Doing anything while driving is dangerous... and everything seems to cause cancer as well..

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 19:41

26. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2941; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Everything we do is dangerous, lets outlaw living!!!!!

JK

Anyway, honestly people do worse in cars while driving. Like for one, having sex. Dancing to stupid pop and rap music. Putting on make up, cutting people just because you don't want to wait 2 seconds. And I am willing to bet that everyone(yes including Phonearena, phonedog, android central, ETC ETC and YES including COPS THEMSELVES) have all texted while driving. In fact I have seen cops text while driving. It's really easy to see it during the day when you drive past them, their face tilted down looking at their phone and texting on it.

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