[OT] Hit and Run

Shane Hathaway shane at hathawaymix.org
Wed Aug 22 15:20:14 MDT 2007


Jonathan Ellis wrote:
> On 8/21/07, Mister E <Mister.Ed at agoracart.com> wrote:
>> ps - recent studies show that cell phone users, while driving, have the
>> same reaction time as do legally intoxicated drivers, so this is no lite
>> thing for me personally... and I would have probably done differently
>> above had it happened recently, and I was in a position to issue a
>> citation. However, it's the only real life instance I could share at
>> this point.
> 
> FWIW, a different study looking at real-world statistical data just
> found no correlation between cell phone use and accidents:
> http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2007/08/13_cellphone.shtml

This study seems to say that cell phones are no more distracting than
what drivers did before.  If that's true, then taking cell phones away
from drivers will not reduce crash rates; former cell phone drivers will
just seek other distractions.

Shane




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