Driving while using your cell phone increases risk of crashing

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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22 Comments

1. iSheepHunter

Posts: 55; Member since: Jul 07, 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

4. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

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

6. iSheepHunter

Posts: 55; Member since: Jul 07, 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. lolPhonearena 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

7. iSheepHunter

Posts: 55; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

unless you space :P

11. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

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

13. iSheepHunter

Posts: 55; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

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

16. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

how does that make sense?

2. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

17. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

nuff said...

3. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Anyone with common sense could've easily deduced this.

5. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

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

8. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

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

10. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

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

9. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

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

12. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

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

14. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

15. ArmageddonX

Posts: 96; Member since: May 11, 2011

In other news, water is still wet.

18. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

In other news: The sky is blue. Reagan was the greatest president ever. Google is a search engine. Isn't learning fun?

22. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

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.

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".

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

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