From the LAPD’s website:
During the last five years, there were over 23,000 verified violent gang crimes in the City of Los Angeles. These include 784 homicides, nearly 12,000 felony assaults, approximately 10,000 robberies and just under 500 rapes.
Statistics are less available for the damaging effects of “people who talk on their cell phones while driving,” with or without a handsfree device. But based on personal experience (including my own driving habits), drivers drive carelessly, drift into other lanes, forget to use blinkers, are slow to act upon changing traffic signals, and ignore common courtesy for other drivers when they’re talking on a phone… or, sometimes worse, they just drive slower to compensate for safety. I’m of the opinion that without the invention of the cell phone, we’d see a dramatic decrease in traffic jams, accidents, and other gridlock.
Of course, gang violence is a horrible problem. But bad driving due to cell phone yapping is something that effects many of us directly on a daily basis.
So, which is worse about Los Angeles?
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…poll closes Thursday evening…