Friday, July 07, 2006

Shut up and Drive

Not really policy related (althouh some cities are involving it in cellphone bans), but heres this,

"While it is no secret that operating a cell phone behind the wheel can be dangerous, it is often thought that there is less risk if drivers use a hands-free cell phone. New research shows that driving using a hands-free cell phone is just as risky as using a handheld cell phone. In fact, it is comparable to driving intoxicated!

Researchers from the University of Utah have found that drivers who use both handheld and hands-free cell phones are as distracted and impaired as drunk drivers. According to the research, drivers who use cell phones are more likely to delay braking and get into accidents. The study is being published in the journal Human Factors: The Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society."

And then some statistical results,

"The researchers found that the participants who talked on a handheld or hands-free cell phone drove slightly slower, had a 9% slower reaction time when stepping on the brakes, were 24% more variation in their following distance, and had a 19% slower reaction time when resuming normal speed after braking.

By contast, the participants who were intoxicated drove slower and more aggressively than the cell phone users. These drivers followed the car in front of them more closely, hit the brakes only 4 seconds before a collision could occur and hit the brakes with 23% more force."

Get off the damn phone and drive.


At 4:33 AM, Blogger Calvin Brock said...

THE device in your purse or jeans that you think is a cellphone — guess again. It is a tracking device that happens to make calls. Let’s stop calling them phones. They are trackers.


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