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Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Posted by Tanstaafl - Driver study: Cell phones not major distraction - Aug. 6, 2003

Ok, so I've heard a couple people use this as evidence of why there's no problem with people on cell-phones in cars. The problem is, the design of the study is one huge flaw. They just measured whether a person was distracted or not and for how long. From what the news media are saying, there was no measure of HOW distracted someone was. I would contend that changing the radio station and dialing your cell phone are totally different scenarios. For that matter, if you're changing the station and need to react, you can easily put your hands back on the wheel. Not as easy when you're holding a cell phone to your ear. I still think people on cell-phones while in the car are much bigger hazards than most other driving activities.


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