Cell Phone Guilty Until Proven Innocent

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Listen to this postYou think that banning drivers from using the cell phones while driving would reduce the number of car crashes. You are wrong! This post might be controversial and may generate a lot of argument but I have a research to support it. So take a deep breath and relax. Cell phones distract the driver and may turn his or her attention to the discussion with the speaker on the other side. The other speaker might be driving also! There are many distractions in the car like talking (or shouting) to the kids while fighting on the back seat. This is a major distractions especially if you are trying to catch the action on the back seat using the rare view mirror. Another distraction would be switching channels on the radio or following the trip route on the navigation screen trying to find your way.

Car Navigation Display

Car Navigation Display

Wall Street Journal reported a study by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) claiming that banning cell phones did not reduce the number of car crashes. New Your state forbade drivers from using their cell phones in November 2001, but the 47% reduction in car crashes took place before that date and no reduction was observed after the ban. California had similar law in July 2008 but no noticeable reduction was seen because of the ban. Connecticut and Washington, D.C., had the same laws with no effect. So …what do you think?

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About Sami Malallah
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2 Responses to Cell Phone Guilty Until Proven Innocent

  1. Dr Abeer says:

    I find using the hand-free more comfortable when driving, but still, I’ll be busy with the person on the other line. Several times I would miss the right turn while talking over the phone. I think technology made people always busy and distracted, they can’t focus on one thing at the same moment. It’s exactly what I’m doing right now having breakfast and writting this. Have a nice day.

    • You are right, talking on the mobile phone could distract you form concentrating on your driving. But again, many things could distract you also. The point I was trying to say is banning mobile use while driving did not help in reducing number of car crashes. I too use Bluetooth device for my mobile and never text a message while driving 😉

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