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Old 01-14-2009, 02:15 PM   #81
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I do not agree that it can be a distraction. At the same time though I remember driving before cell phones and I can recall many times that the above happened. Even though we see someone driving like an idiot while on the phone it does not mean it is the phones fault. That person just may always drive like an idiot.
That's something we can all agree on - there are too many people on the road that drive like idiots!!!!
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there are too many people on the road that drive like idiots!!!!
There are too many people on the road period.
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You're right, there will always be idiots on the road but Statistics have shown that there are more idiots on the road because the phones are indeed a distration (whether they are hand held or hands free).
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There are too many people on the road period.
OMG, so true. The thing I hate most about visiting my mom in Houston or my sons in Austin is the unbelievable traffic! As I recall, Boston had some serious traffic, too.
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I've read this whole thread and I'm fascinated at how technology "grabs" us. Cell phones have become a "must have" now. Makes me wonder how in the world we ever got along without them.

Buck and I got a cell phone a couple of years ago because either of us would have to drive some distance alone and used it as a safety device and not for chit-chat with anyone. Now that Buck is gone, I have my cell phone with me but don't turn it on.

Somehow we got along without all our so-called important phone conversations before cell phones came along. A simple solution is to turn off our phones when we're driving. Unless our occupation is one that requires a 24/7 presence or there is a dire family situation, our phones are merely an accessory.
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You're right, there will always be idiots on the road but Statistics have shown that there are more idiots on the road because the phones are indeed a distration (whether they are hand held or hands free).
I have no doubt that this is accurate.
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There are too many people on the road period.
Thats why I live in the sticks, the only time we have a lot of people on the road is Tourist Season.. BTW, why do they call it a season if you can't hunt them?
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"Is there a difference between gabbing on your cell when you drive and talking to the person sitting next to you?

According to a report in the December issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, published by the American Psychological Association, there is.

Researchers found that drivers make more mistakes when talking on a cell phone than when talking to passengers. This finding addresses the common question about whether driver distraction comes from cell-phone specifically or conversation generally.

Even when drivers used a hands-free cell phone, performance was significantly compromised.

"Cell phone and passenger conversation differ in their impact on a driver's performance; these differences are apparent at the operational, tactical, and strategic levels of performance," the researchers wrote."
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Makes me wonder how in the world we ever got along without them.
Somehow we got along without all our so-called important phone conversations before cell phones came along.
Oh, we got along just fine.
We made and received important phone calls all the time before cell phones. There were phone booths and pay phones at every street corner.

The only difference today is that 99.9% of all cell phone conversations and instant messenging are useless chit chat.
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The only difference today is that 99.9% of all cell phone conversations and instant messaging are useless chit chat.
Bingo!
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