Friday, June 30, 2006
The studies are piling in folks. Using the cell phone in the car, it turns out, is more dangerous than drunk driving. Insurance companies and actuaries study this sort of thing and the evidence is becoming incontrovertible. If you use the cell phone in the car, you are taking your life, and the lives of others, in your hands -- which are not free to do what they're supposed to be doing. It interferes with thinking, with reaction time, with motor abilities ... with safe driving.
Hang around a law firm and you'll get a clue. The first thing to be subpoened now in a traffic accident, may be your cell phone records. If you need external urging to do what's safe, and what's right, there you have it.
Your cell phone records can be subpoened, like anything else electronic these days; and they can last as long. (You know how your employer can find out where you've been on the Internet for ... probably years.)
Studies have shown that driving with a cell phone is extremely dangerous, and it doesn't matter whether you're placing the call, taking the call, talking or listening and it applies to all age groups. No one has an edge, though seniors may be slightly worse off. I've written articles about this before.
As the 4th approaches, one of the big driving holidays of the year, turn the thing off. Give us all a major break.
Posted by Susan Dunn, M.A. at 11:33 AM