I’m sure you’ve all seen this news. It’s been everywhere now for days.
“The National Transportation Safety Board wants every state to ban all cell phones used by drivers — no texting, no talking, not even hands-free. But are cell phones more distracting than any of the other distractions inside our cars?”
I saw this on so many talk shows last week it wasn’t even funny and you can SURE tell who uses their cell phones and don’t want to lose the use of them in the car. It also didn’t take long for these same people to point out ALL the MORE distracting and dangerous things there are than a cell phone.
I heard everything from cigarette smoking, changing the radio, talking to another passenger in a car and people putting on make up or shaving to be much worse than talking or texting while driving.
I’ll answer my phone if I’m driving and there’s no traffic. If I was on a busy road or the conditions are poor, I’ll wait till I got where I was going or where it was safe to pull over and then check and see who called but I NEVER text and drive at the same time.
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute did a study and found, among other things, “that drivers typically take their eyes off the forward roadway for an average of four out of six seconds when texting, and an average of 4.6 out of the six seconds surrounding safety-critical events. The study revealed that when traveling at 55 miles per hour (89 km/h), a driver texting for 6 seconds is looking at the phone for 4.6 seconds of that time and travels the distance of a football field without their eyes on the road.”
A football field. Wow.
I’m sure most of us remember this accident too’
It seems outlawing texting won’t work and actually made things more dangerous as people are trying to hide their texting now and they tend to look (down) away even longer. Some are saying that texting is more dangerous that drunk driving.
So, what do you think?