Duh: Cell Phone Users Drive Like Drunks…

I can’t say I find the results of this study very surprising (tip: Slashdot):

A University of Utah study claims that drivers who use a cell phone will be ‘more impaired than drunken drivers with blood alcohol levels exceeding 0.08.’ The study also says that use will turn a driver who is age 20 into age 70. Hands-free systems apparently don’t help much either as they still require a driver to ‘actively be part of a conversation.’ What about in vehicle systems like OnStar?

Whenever I see someone ahead of me who’s driving while on a cell phone, I make sure to pass by them in a hurry!

4 Replies to “Duh: Cell Phone Users Drive Like Drunks…”

  1. I splurged on one of those Motorola wireless jobs that sits on your ear so lightly that you forget about it and walk around looking like a total gork or like you’ve got the world’s biggest hearing aid dangling. Handsfree may not be much safer at speed but there’s a definite improvement to being able to have both hands on the wheel.

  2. I’ve very glad this is getting more exposure. This is not new news, the study mentioned was originally started by Utah University in 2001. There have been several press releases in the years since, like this one from the National Saftey Council in 2003. Riding a motorcycle in LA, I have to look for those sort of cues. If I see a driver with one hand to their ear, I have to assume that he/she is driving like a drunk. “Drunks” driving SUV’s are VERY dangerous for m/c riders! Hand’s free is no better, if not worse, ’cause I cannot see that they are “drunk.”

    We can all do our part to help. Whenever I find that the person I am talking to on the phone is driving, I make our conversation short and explain that I’d rather they call me when they get to where they are going (politly, of course!)
    If we all did this, we may save a life.

  3. I take my life in my hands driving to work every day, with the number of tiny soccer moms in giant tanks (aka SUV’s), yammering away on a cellphone not looking at the road. I cannot count how many times they’ve strayed into my lane, nearly hit me or forced me off the road. All the time oblivious cause they’re too deep in conversation to notice.

    If they banned cellphones in LA, I GUARANTEE you that commute times would improve. Side street traffic would flow faster. People on cell phones are in a conversation with someone else FIRST, and paying attention to their driving SECOND. And that makes them drive slower. I read this study yesterday actually, and on my way to work I took a look at a couple of intersections where I was making a left turn and was checking out oncoming traffic. Turning left onto Rossmore from Third, 2 out of 3 cars had someone yammering on a cellphone. And there was always more space between the person on the cellphone and the car ahead of them…the cellphone users were too busy talking and not keeping up with the speed limit.

  4. The cell-phone ban in New York and other places is a joke. Aside from the fact that so many people ignore it, it doesn’t address the myriad of other stupid, distracting things people do while driving, e.g., reading, shaving, putting on make-up, combing their hair, performing various and sundry acts of a sexual nature, etc., etc., etc.

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