More Americans talk and text while driving than those in other countries
posted by Alan F. / Mar 15, 2013, 12:59 PM
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.
source: CDC via Slashgear
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posted on Mar 15, 2013, 1:18 PM 4
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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 Mar 15, 2013, 2:37 PM 0
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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 Mar 15, 2013, 1:28 PM 1
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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 Mar 15, 2013, 1:37 PM 3
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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 Mar 15, 2013, 2:17 PM 0
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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 Mar 15, 2013, 2:32 PM 0
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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 Mar 15, 2013, 5:22 PM 0
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