Cell Phones & Driving....

@Toni_07 (175)
United States
October 31, 2007 8:13pm CST
Would love your opinion...im guilty as the next one...but i swear unless its an emergency i dont think we should be able to drive and talk at the same time. Would love your opinian....from my just looking around 9 out of 10 are on the phones while driving..thats crazy...because you know half the time its not that important..lmbo
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11 responses
• United States
1 Nov 07
This is a very good topic. I see people holding a phone to their ear and talking a mile a minute all of the time. It is scary when you don't know what to expect out of the drivers. Did you by any chance see the Dr. Phil show the day he had a teenage girl on that was bragging about how fast she could text message while driving. They gave he a video driving test and besides going off the road every 30 seconds she hit a firetruck. This girl was totally obnoxious and her dense mother just sat there and when Dr. Phil told her she needed to take the phone away from her the mother says "I'll think about it" The audience booed her.
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@Toni_07 (175)
• United States
2 Nov 07
Hello, No, i did not see the Dr.Phil..but text messaging is just as bad...it should not be legal unless it is an emergency. I bet that was a good show. Thank you for responding.
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• United States
2 Nov 07
The show made you just want to slap this arrogant 16 year old kids face. She had only had her license 3 weeks and had already had 2 fender benders. I would not want to be on the same road as this child.
@Toni_07 (175)
• United States
2 Nov 07
NO, i wouldnt want to be a parent in that situation,that is messed up..teenagers you just wanna choke them..im so glad i dont have to go thru that again..lol. Im just glad he had a show on it tho. Also=, im glad after starting this i am glad to hear tha some states it is illegal.
@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
1 Nov 07
I don't drive my own car so I haven't experience driving while using cellphone- and would not even try it. I know how dangerous it is. And I heard a lot of stories about it that causes accidents. Everytime I saw one, I can't help but wish the driver will stop using the cellphone for fear of he or she might meet an accident.
@Toni_07 (175)
• United States
2 Nov 07
you are exactly right!
@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
1 Nov 07
I don't think that it is wise judging from the way that people drive when they are also engaged in yakking on the phone. Other people may or may not realize that you are in the car driving while they are talking to you. It is the drivers responsibility to tell that person "look I am driving right now, can I call you back?" or to not answer in the first place. When you safely get to your destination is the time to talk on the phone. Dividing your attention between the various things that are happening around you on the road and someone on the phone is foolish in the extreme and even though nothing happened yet. You are piloting a 1 ton weapon and the slightest reduction of your ability to pay attention to what you're doing could prove to be your last and/ or you could kill somebody. Is that conversation worth all that? Besides where I live (California) it is illegal now to talk on your cell while you are driving.
@Toni_07 (175)
• United States
2 Nov 07
Thank you very much Sharone74, u got best response. That is exactly what i feel,thank you very much. Glad to know that California did inforce it. xoxoxo
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
1 Nov 07
Know what the best suggestion to that is for safe driving while talking to the other end. Purchase a hands free gadget that is an earpiece. Or bluetooth..Where you can drive while talking. As long as you keep the gear low,your concentration on the foot and eyes on the road. Anything is possible nowadays.
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@Toni_07 (175)
• United States
2 Nov 07
You are exactly right...but if its not an important call they need to get off of the phone. Thank you for replying,i do agree with you tho. :)
@rimsha (806)
• Pakistan
1 Nov 07
During Driving Cell Phone is very much dangerious. More people use Blue Tuth technology. It is best.
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@Toni_07 (175)
• United States
2 Nov 07
I`ve heard of Blue Tooth, just dont know too much about it....thank you for sharing, i will have to check it out :)
• India
1 Nov 07
Well both are nice if not done together...if ur driving while talking on the phone..well unless u r really careful that cud be the last thing u do
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@Toni_07 (175)
• United States
2 Nov 07
thats exactly right thank you for responding :)
@tholitz (1127)
• Philippines
1 Nov 07
I personally think that driving deserves our full attention, we really don't know what will happen when we remove our eyes on the road (even just for a second) or when we are doing something besides from driving which divert our focus on the road (answering a call, others even writing text messages). I really believe that we should make a stop to answer a phone call, which could very much help in preventing accidents or road mishap from happening.
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@Toni_07 (175)
• United States
2 Nov 07
You are exactly right. I live in a rural area,which isnt as bad,when you go to the city and i take a look around...everybody are on cells,and if truth is known, it is probably not even that important? We dont hear to much about accidents here in So. Illinois, other than a few of someone was reaching down to get their cell. I would love to know the statistics...thank you for replying :)
• United States
1 Nov 07
Hi Toni! There are many people who cant talk and drive, or talk and walk or talk and do much of anything else. So yeah I agree with you, I dont think that its safe. They say you have to go hands free to keep both hands on the wheel, well your hands are not the thinking part of driving! Hello!?!?! Im sure there are people that can do a great job while driving and talking on the cell, but how can you really weed them out? No one should be on the phone and driving a car, not even the police, who I see doing it as well. If its that important pull over, stop the car and talk then. Too many people are in too much of a hurry, thats why they are talking on their cell phones. Bay Lay Gray xx
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@Toni_07 (175)
• United States
1 Nov 07
You are soooo right, tooo many people are in tooo big of a hurry, it is a convenience for us to have cell phones. I hate going into an intersectione, and out of the four waiting 3 are on cells. Im guilty also, but i think unless emergency it should be against the law. Thanks fo responding..and yes cops are just as bad!! Toni ,xoxoxoxo
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@ryanphil01 (4186)
• Philippines
1 Nov 07
I found this article on 'using the cellphones, either hands-free or hand-held while driving' very useful and informative so we may become aware of the disadvantages of doing such thing - Talking on a hands-free cell phone while driving may not be much safer than talking on a hand-held phone, according to a new study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied (Vol. 9, No. 1). The study could have important implications for how cell phones are used, the researchers say. About 85 percent of the more than 135 million Americans who own cell phones say they use them while driving. University of Utah psychologist David Strayer, PhD, and his collaborators used a high-fidelity driving simulator to study the impact of cell phone use on the driving performance of 110 undergraduates. A member of the research team engaged the undergraduates in hands-free cell phone conversations while they drove along computer-simulated freeways and city roads. The researchers found that the conversations slowed drivers' reaction times and increased their risk of crashing into the simulated cars in front of them, apparently by misdirecting their attention. They also found that when participants were in the "cell phone zone," their ability to remember billboards along the side of the road was significantly worse than when they were not on the phone, even though they looked at the roadway signs just as often. The effect, known as inattention blindness, may explain why talking on a hands-free cell phone can impair driving, says Strayer. "The conversation is drawing attention away from driving and redirecting it towards the virtual reality of the conversation," he explains. The findings suggest that laws that ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, such as the one enacted by New York state in 2001, may not be effective at reducing cell phone-related accidents. "The legislation that's been enacted says, 'Let's prohibit hand-held cell phones and permit people to use hands-free phones while driving,'" says Strayer. "Our study shows that a big component of the impairment is from cognitive distraction, and this distraction is the same for both hand-held and hands-free phones." E. Benson - http://www.apa.org/monitor/mar03/handsfree.html
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@Toni_07 (175)
• United States
1 Nov 07
Thank you so much for sharing will have to check it out :)
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
1 Nov 07
I am not very good at doing more then one thing while I am driving..and that one thing is paying attention to driving! I know what you mean. You look around and they are busy talking. If you do see me in a car and my mouth is moving a mile a minute it's not because I am on the phone....I am usually singing with the music! LOL
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@Toni_07 (175)
• United States
1 Nov 07
Thank you for responding.........yes they are all talking...i see it at intersections all the time,drives me crazy. Lmbo @ singing with the music
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@anniepa (27240)
• United States
2 Nov 07
I've done the same "informal survey" on several occasions and you're absolutely right, 9 out of 10 are on phones while driving and I think's it's crazy! There is no need to talk on the phone while driving 99.99% of the time. It's definitely too distracting and we'll never know how many accidents it's caused. Annie
@Toni_07 (175)
• United States
2 Nov 07
You are right we will never know will we? I worry about our younger people who dont realize how serious it is, but then again our older business people are just as bad,lol...who knows,just want everyone to be safe. Thank you for responding :)