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    Study: No Evidence Cell Phone Bans Reduce Crashes

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    By Doug McKelway
    Published July 07, 2011
    A comprehensive study on distracted driving has found there is no conclusive evidence that hands-free cell phone use while driving is any less risky than hand-held cell phone use.
    The study, which was commissioned by the non-profit Governors Highway Safety Association, and funded by State Farm Insurance, also found that there is no evidence that cell phone or texting bans have reduced crashes.
    The findings come after nine states have imposed bans on hand-held cell phone use while driving, and 34 states have imposed texting bans for drivers behind the wheel. Despite the findings, The Governors Highway Safety Association does not recommend that restrictions on cell phone use or texting be lifted in any of the states where they presently exist.
    This leaves me kind of wondering.
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    Re: Study: No Evidence Cell Phone Bans Reduce Crashes

    It seems many people only have one brain cell to work with. Allowing them to multitask can be dangerous.

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    Re: Study: No Evidence Cell Phone Bans Reduce Crashes

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    It seems many people only have one brain cell to work with. Allowing them to multitask can be dangerous.
    That wouldn't surprise me in the least.
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    Re: Study: No Evidence Cell Phone Bans Reduce Crashes

    Based on what I have seen personally, I have my doubts about the study.

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    Re: Study: No Evidence Cell Phone Bans Reduce Crashes

    My greater fear is a woman driver behind me applying her makeup.

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    Re: Study: No Evidence Cell Phone Bans Reduce Crashes

    Maybe for smart people, but what about stupid people?

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    Re: Study: No Evidence Cell Phone Bans Reduce Crashes

    Quote Originally Posted by PerfectStorm View Post
    My greater fear is a woman driver behind me applying her makeup.
    Female drivers; No Survivors.


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    Re: Study: No Evidence Cell Phone Bans Reduce Crashes

    Inattentive people, will continue to be inattentive, regardless of the specific distraction.
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    Re: Study: No Evidence Cell Phone Bans Reduce Crashes

    Just goes to show you that nanny state laws such as this one doesnt work.
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    Re: Study: No Evidence Cell Phone Bans Reduce Crashes

    ^ This.

    We will never be able to legislate driving to be 100% safe no matter how many laws we create. They teach you in driving school that multitasking is dangerous, that you should have both hands on the wheel at all times, and that you should check your lines of sight every 6-8 seconds. How many people actually do these things constantly?

    If you have never been in a car accident then you will take for granted just what high velocity motion means. I've been in eight accidents, three of them major. When your car comes to a halt, you have no control, and the sound of crashing metal is all around you, it feels like the world is ending and your soul is being torn out. And FYI I was never the perpetrator in any of those accidents. People are irresponsible on the road and driving is inherently dangerous. It was that way before cell phones came onto the scene and it shall remain.

    You put organic beings into fast, moving metal with few safety devices and this is what happens. We have to at some point accept that the freedom of driving carries risks and that's just reality.

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