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    Re: U.S. withheld data on risks of distracted driving

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    Re: U.S. withheld data on risks of distracted driving

    By withholding this data the states got the short end of the stick because they could have used it when deciding how they wanted to address the safety issue of distracted drivers. Saying that they didn't want to anger congress is about as lame of an excuse as it gets. Incompetence is the first word that comes to mind .

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    Re: U.S. withheld data on risks of distracted driving

    Quote Originally Posted by WillRockwell View Post
    Yeh, but texting, you have to use both hands, AND watch what you're doing, and some people actually try to drive at the same time.
    Well, texting while driving is completely absurd. I think texting in general is stupid. I don't care whether a person is texting or calling someone while driving...they should be focused on the task at hand. Some people can drive fine and talk on the phone, others can't. Personally, I think that doing any unnecessary and potentially distracting activity while driving is wrong and should be a punishable offense..but maybe that's just me.

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    Re: U.S. withheld data on risks of distracted driving

    If they're going to ban cell phones, then they should also ban eating while driving, putting on makeup and shaving while driving, ban all paper maps from cars, prevent radio stations from being changed while driving, and ban children from cars while driving.

    If someone is going to be distracted to the point that they are unsafe, then they are simply unsafe drivers.

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    Re: U.S. withheld data on risks of distracted driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    If they're going to ban cell phones, then they should also ban eating while driving, putting on makeup and shaving while driving, ban all paper maps from cars, prevent radio stations from being changed while driving, and ban children from cars while driving.

    If someone is going to be distracted to the point that they are unsafe, then they are simply unsafe drivers.
    Except for the fact that children and paper maps aren't unnecessary distractions. The other items you listed are. You also can't really compare talking on a cellphone or texting on a cellphone with simple stuff like children, paper maps and changing a radio station.

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    Re: U.S. withheld data on risks of distracted driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Patrick View Post
    Except for the fact that children and paper maps aren't unnecessary distractions. The other items you listed are. You also can't really compare talking on a cellphone or texting on a cellphone with simple stuff like children, paper maps and changing a radio station.
    What?? You've never seen anyone with a map unfolded across half the windshield. Or, trying to discipline kids in the back seat that are fighting??

    If you have to look away from the road for a period of time, as when searching for a radio station, looking at a map, or reaching for a kid, you are distracted and a danger to other drivers.

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    Re: U.S. withheld data on risks of distracted driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Patrick View Post
    Except for the fact that children and paper maps aren't unnecessary distractions. The other items you listed are. You also can't really compare talking on a cellphone or texting on a cellphone with simple stuff like children, paper maps and changing a radio station.




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    Re: U.S. withheld data on risks of distracted driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    What?? You've never seen anyone with a map unfolded across half the windshield. Or, trying to discipline kids in the back seat that are fighting??
    Of course I have, but trying to ban these things and even compare them to driving while talking on a cellphone is a bit absurd.

    If you have to look away from the road for a period of time, as when searching for a radio station, looking at a map, or reaching for a kid, you are distracted and a danger to other drivers.
    I'd say that driving while texting is far more distracting than those things. Driving while talking on a cellphone can be. I've seen people do it just fine, but there are some people who have difficulty focusing while they are on the phone.

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    Re: U.S. withheld data on risks of distracted driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Patrick View Post
    Of course I have, but trying to ban these things and even compare them to driving while talking on a cellphone is a bit absurd.



    I'd say that driving while texting is far more distracting than those things. Driving while talking on a cellphone can be. I've seen people do it just fine, but there are some people who have difficulty focusing while they are on the phone.




    They did a study, I saw it on speed tv...




    http://www.informationweek.com/blog/...OSKH0CJUNN2JVN


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    Re: U.S. withheld data on risks of distracted driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    They did a study, I saw it on speed tv...




    http://www.informationweek.com/blog/...OSKH0CJUNN2JVN


    Txting while driving is far worse than drunk driving.
    At first I thought it said "Taxing while driving", like people doing their taxes. Though, considering some of the absurd crap that people do while driving it wouldn't surprise me.

    That study doesn't surprise me at all. The most idiotic thing is I actually know a few people who proudly claim that they can text while driving like putting others at risk is something to be proud of.

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