[OT] Hit and Run

Merrill Oveson moveson at gmail.com
Thu Aug 23 16:39:30 MDT 2007


Studies has shown that the passenger next to the driver in the car actually
assists the driver.
He/she will notice potentially dangerous situations and alert the driver.
The conversation will also pause if the driver is performing an action which
requires a lot of attention, i.e. turning left at a light, passing other
vehicles, merging, etc.  The driver gets no such help, only a huge
distraction from someone on the other end of a cell phone (that person
simply has no idea what the driver is experiencing.)
Utah has a law against distracted driving - whether that involves a cell
phone, eating, or even dealing with children or even a spouse.  Arguing with
your spouse while driving is very dangerous, unless of course you need to
stay awake.  In that case, choose something that makes you both really
really mad!


On 8/22/07, Joseph Hall <joseph at thatworks.com> wrote:
>
> I don't get it. Why should talking on a cell phone be any different
> from holding a drink in one hand and talking to somebody in the
> passenger seat while driving? People do that all the time, and I have
> yet to hear somebody complain about it. Or if you're using a
> hands-free set, how should that be any different from driving with
> both hands and talking to the person in the passenger seat, or the
> back seat?
>
> It doesn't make sense to me. It shouldn't be any different. Of course,
> driving and texting (DWT) at the same time, that would be dangerous.
>
>
> On 8/21/07, Corey Edwards <tensai at zmonkey.org> wrote:
> > On Tue, 2007-08-21 at 17:36 -0600, Mister E 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
> >
> > A study at the University of Utah, no less. It showed the people who
> > were at the legal limit did as well or better than those using cell
> > phones. If anybody is wondering, using a hands free set did not make a
> > difference. It's not a lack of dexterity that causes the danger, but
> > being mentally detached from the situation.
> >
> > Wow. This is getting really OT. Um... I think they used a computer to do
> > the study. They should have used Linux if they didn't.
> >
> > Corey
> >
> >
> >
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