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Cellphones to blame in 28% of auto crashes

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Cellphones to blame in 28% of auto crashes
According to the U.S. National Safety Council, 28% of traffic accidents are caused by cellphones. In 1.4 million accidents, the driver was chatting away on his/her handheld device which led to the crack-up, while sending/receiving a text was to blame in 200,000 accidents. Yesterday, U.S. officials started a new organization patterned after MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) called FocusDriven. Would hands free equipment reduce the frequency of these accidents? Not according to over 120 studies of the problem which concludes that the distraction of using a cellphone while driving has nothing to do with the physical aspect of holding the device.

Chuck Hurley, the executive director of MADD, says that enforcing a cellphone ban is not easy, but is not impossible either. He says that people drive and talk on their handsets because they can and says that blocking cellphone signals would be effective. 19 states and the District of Columbia have banned texting while driving, although in four of those states-New York, Virginia, Louisiana and Washington-the police have to stop you for another reason first.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

wow, that's a lot.

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 13:31

2. InstinctDemon (Posts: 74; Member since: 09 Nov 2009)

They should conduct a study of near collisions because of people on cell phones, that rate would be a lot higher in my opinion; I can count at least 20 times in a week of near misses because of dumb asses on their cell phone, I've gotten rear ended by an idiot on their cell phone. How can this be enforced when I see cops on their cell phones while on patrol!

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 14:05

3. kilari (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Oct 2009)

Well time for the govt to step in and tell us what's good for us. Make a mandatory phone lock on moving phones. Next thing you know people will be jailbreaking their cell phones just to be able to talk and drive on them. I'm kinda on the fence here. Cus I'm the type that will pull over to send a text. Of course that is needed now that I have a Pixi and a G1. Neither are able to be typed on as easy as T9 while driving. So even if they passed laws that it would be illegal people would still do it. I think it would be funny if iden ptt didn't get regulated though.

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 14:17

4. dandirk (unregistered)

I generally agree on he Govn't thing but I will be damned if I or a family member gets hit/hurt because they are on the phone or someone hits them because of not paying attention due to a phone.. Its pretty insane I see people at 6am on the phone probably with someone they just saw at their house... Others drive crazy or so slow in the fast lane it practically causes accidents. It amazes me that we all NEED to be on the phone 24/7 just cause we can. I guess no one talked to each other before cell phones. I keep threatening to buy a jammer for $200 and keep it in my car at all times... 60ft of cell free driving.

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 14:54

5. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

hahaha, that would be AWESOME!

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 15:23

6. SamTime (Posts: 253; Member since: 07 Nov 2009)

Blocking cell phone signals is a TERRIBLE idea. Did you forget that passengers also have cell phones? They don't drive the car. They shouldn't be subject to their signals being blocked. Last I remembered, you can fall asleep in the backseat of a car and that doesn't mean the car will crash into something. Responsible drivers shouldn't be subject to that either. I understand the need for safety on the road but signal blocking is the WRONG way to go about it.

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 16:17

8. CANUHEARMENOW (Posts: 26; Member since: 07 Jan 2010)

what if someone you know is driving behind you trying to call you to let you know your car is on fire?

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 19:00

9. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

how often do you know the person that's driving behind you bro?

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 21:47

10. CANUHEARMENOW (Posts: 26; Member since: 07 Jan 2010)

lol it was a joke. if you dont notice your car is on fire...you shouldnt be driving anyways

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 15:47

7. CANUHEARMENOW (Posts: 26; Member since: 07 Jan 2010)

on our way to socialism. one step at a time.

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 23:54

11. mobilemike11 (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 Jan 2010)

For every one second you take your eyes off the road, your vehicle travels fifteen feet that you never see. Same thing goes for women putting makeup on, etc. There is a time and place for that. If something is that important, get a bluetooth and make a call. Oh yeah, some of the reasoning behind this whole controversy is not to do with being "hands free" per se, rather the brain function required to converse and drive at the same time leaves some people too distracted. How many times do parents get into accidents yelling at their kids in the back seat? This isn't walking a chewing gum at the same time people. i remember when cell phones use to be a tool, not a nuisance. The worst part of all, by the time someone turns 16 and gets behind the wheel, they already have a phone stuck to their ear. Having a cell phone use to be a luxory, and somehow we've turned it into a necessity. Phones causing accidents and killing people? What a powerful little gadget that is!

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