Driving and talking with a cell phone.

@marguicha (133112)
Chile
March 24, 2010 8:24am CST
Do you know how dangerous it is to use a cell phone while driving? I think we all guess how dangerous it is, but we don´t really know. A study has shown that " both the participants and the scientists got sloshed has shown that motorists who talk on cell phones while driving are as impaired as drunk drivers." The study can be read in Live Science,29 June 2006 in health relatedsubjects. I read the article and was amazed to see that hands free cell phones are very dangerous too. Everyone of us think it´s a shame to drink and drive. When I go to a party where I´ll be drinking, I take a nightgown and my toothbrush to stay overnight. But I see noone ashamed of using a cell phone and driving at the same time. In fact, I never can reach some of my family or friends if it´s not calling there. And many of them even make phone "visits" while driving. Are you aware of how dangerous it is? Would you be willing to change your habits so as to stop being a "drunkard driver"? Please share.
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@mysdianait (65070)
• Italy
24 Mar 10
Not guilty! If my cell phone rings when I am driving then it has to wait. I don't respond. If I am expecting an urgent call then I pull over at the next convenient place and check who phoned and if necessary I call back. If it is a call that can wait until i reach my destination then I let it wait. Over her thre is even talk of banning smoking while driving. I smoke too but not when I have others in the car with me. I know that tolihjt up while driving means fiddling about with the packet and then the lighter and that means that I am distracted from what I should be doing. I guess we should only do one thing at a time in certain circumstances and driving is one of them.
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@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
24 Mar 10
Good for you diana! We have that law about smoking here too but I think more people talk on cell phones than smoke while driving noawadays. And I´m sure that talking to someone (and using part of your brain to think what to say and what to answer) is worse than to have one of your hands impaired by the ciggy. I do neither now.. I quit smoking 2 years ago after over 50 years because I could not pay for the smokes (and I still crave for them once in a while!)and I did not get into the cell phone technology for the same reason I´m not in laptops (too small for my fingers Take care
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• India
24 Mar 10
Eating while driving cause 80% road accidents ,according to a study.Best thing is to obey the rules.If everybody start obeying the law, we all will be living in a better place.
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@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
24 Mar 10
I´d say, we will all be living. Period. We human beings seem to do our best to harm us and each other. Welcome to mylot and happy posting!
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• United Arab Emirates
24 Mar 10
all this attracts penalties here and i avoid them
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
24 Mar 10
Unfortunatly, at least in my country, there are less policemen than people doing things against the law.
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• United States
25 Mar 10
where are you from
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
25 Mar 10
I am from Chile. But my country is not particulary violent. But everywhere, policemen are not worrying about people who smoke while driving or those who use their cell phones when they shouldn´t.
@rosekiss (30303)
• Eugene, Oregon
24 Mar 10
Here in Oregon, on January 1st, it became a law that we can't talk on a cell phone and drive, unless we use a hands free headset. I am for this law, as it is much saver. Before the law took affect, a lot of people would have a cell phone up to their ear driving, and I can't figure out how they could drive and talk when they need both hands on the wheel. I do have a bluetooth headset and I do use it when necessary, although I really don't get all that many calls that I need it when I am driving anyway. I am like diana, and that is if would ring, I just let it go and when I get where I am going then I cheeck to see who called and called them back if need be, otherwise, I won't as if it isn't an emergency, then they can call me back later. I really don't have that problem though where someone will call me while driving, but now that I have the headset, I am prepared in case it happens. Take care, and have a very good day.
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
25 Mar 10
Headset is better but the article said that any way of using a cell phone was a distraction from driving and an impairment. While you are driving you need your eyes AND your mind on the road and it appears that that doesn´t happen while talking. I don´t use a cell phone at all but I don´t like to talk if the road has any problems (a it is usual in my city at peak time). My mother is the kind of person that will tell me to look at the flowers of a garden while I am driving. The poor lady takes a lot of abuse from me at those times because I tend to take a look and then realise I shouldn´t.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
24 Mar 10
Good morning Marg, I have alot of bad habits but thank goodness i don't have this one. I think people should be stopped from doing it. I don't understand why so many people are addicted to their cell phones. U meet very few people in their cars that aren't talking on the darn things. I have one but half the time or more i forget to take mine w/me. My son fusses at me for doing that because if i broke down somewhere i'm not able to walk very far & i do need to take it w/me, he's right [for a change, lol]. It is quite an addiction w/people , seems to me. hugs, jo
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
25 Mar 10
I hate cell phones and all types of small gadgets. That´s why I don´t use cell phones. That´s why I don´t like laptops either (my computer is an old king soze, with a keyboard big enough to be seen by me). I suppose they would be ok if people used them as they should be used: the way telegrams were used way back at the begining of mankind when I was a girl. It makes me very angry the money my daughters pay for cell phones for their teenage kids. They talk all they and IT IS NOT free. As it is, it causes more accidents than the ones they help to avoid.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
25 Mar 10
Here again we have something in common i don't like gadgets either. I still use a manual can opener so that should tell u something, lol. I don't have a lap top either nor do i want one. I have already told u how i feel about cell phones so i think we are on the same tract as usual. Hope u have a happy day. take care. hugs.
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
29 Mar 10
I have a wonderful manual can opener I "stole" in my before last vacation. I found the manual can opener in my apartment was a lot better than the one I had at home, so I placed it in my suitcase and told the hotel management that I wanted to pay for it as I had lost it at the beach. They said "never mind". I don´t feel THAT guilty, since I pay a lot for maintenance. But still, it WAS a lie. But I would have felt worse if I hadn´t brought it with me. I love it! I´m back after a wonderful weekend in the country.
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
26 Mar 10
Just today I watched an episode of Oprah which was recorded back in January sometime and in the show she scolded a young woman who had the habit of texting or talking on her cell while driving; it was something this 22 year old did on a daily basis and Oprah reminded her quite firmly that this kind of behaviour has cost people their lives. I saw an UTube tribute a while ago of a young sixteen year old girl who was killed when her car veered off the road into a tree because she was texting while driving. In our city it is illegal to use a cell phone while driving a vehicle and if the Police catch drivers doing so they will be given a hefty fine and a loss of demerit points. My husband has a dilemma with his cell because he is a sales manager and most of his work is done in his car while he’s on the road. He uses a hands free which is legal but in my opinion can be just as dangerous because he is not focusing on the road as much as he should be while he is talking on the phone. Thank you for reminding everyone of the dangers of cell phones in cars. It is paramount that everyone takes note and lives will be kept safe for sure.
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
29 Mar 10
You're right marguicha we are discussing alternatives...
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
31 Mar 10
I hope you do, paula. Life and health are too precious.
@dawnald (84069)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Mar 10
I had no choice but to change my bad habits, since it is now illegal here to drive using a cell phone. Not that that stops some people. I still see a lot of people on the phone anyway. I have a hands free device myself, but I seldom use it. I figure I have voice mail and I'll get to it when I can get to it.
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
25 Mar 10
There are a lot of bad habits we have, dawn, but many are because we don´t know how dangerous it is. I didn´t know for a long time how dangerous it was to have the cell phone on at a gas station. And it seems a lot of people don´t know that there could be an explosion, even if you are not talking.
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@dawnald (84069)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Mar 10
Today I saw a cop to that. Apparently they're exempt.
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
29 Mar 10
Exempt to make an explosion!WOW!!! Thatis magic.
@ElicBxn (61137)
• United States
28 Mar 10
I'm a pretty careful driver and while I am known to talk on the phone while driving, I pretty much only do it when I'm on a back road or during lower traffic time. I do agree that talking on the phone isn't the best thing to do while driving, but there are worse things, like texting or, as I've seen 3 times, READING!!! - not a text on the phone - no, once a magazine, once a newspaper (folded up pretty small like you would on a train) and once a paperback book! Now, I listen to books in the car - LISTEN to books mind you, but I saw this gal driving down the highway with a paperback book in her hand!
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
29 Mar 10
I agree that reading while driving is worse. In fact, I don´t know how it can be done. But that does not mean that what you do is good. It is against the law in many countries and it is dangerous everywhere. I hope you think it over.
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@ElicBxn (61137)
• United States
29 Mar 10
Like I said, I don't do often, and I really don't do it long - "Did you remember to start dinner?" sort of calls or "can I pick up something on the way home?" If I think its going to be more complicated, I will pull over - and have in a safe place - or, even better, hand off the phone to a passenger if I have one. The roomie can't dial or hang up the phone, but she can talk on it if I do the rest - and I won't do it if I don't think its safe - if we get a call on my cell, I'll answer it (slide the bar over) than hand it off.
@celticeagle (123895)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Mar 10
Few things make me madder than seeing someone texting or talking on the cell phone when I am out driving. The laws are pretty strict in my area now and yet I don't think I am less of this going on. What is the matter with people? They are selfish, one-minded, jerks that only care for their own entertainment and do not care for anyone but themselves!!
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
29 Mar 10
THey don´t even care for themselves. They could also get hurt. It seems they are more dumbs than selfish.
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@celticeagle (123895)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Mar 10
Yes, mostly dumb. Selfish in just thinking of themselves.
@jpso138 (7863)
• Philippines
31 Mar 10
I used to drive and use my mobile phone at the same time. There was even a point that I text and drive. But later on I have realized that its really dangerous since it takes away our concentration and it is prone to accidents. I no longer do that, better to stop the habit early before it's to late. In fact, I have started a similar discussion here a months ago, about using the mobile phone while driving. Obviously, all who responded to the discussion consider it dangerous.
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
31 Mar 10
Hi jpso, Unfortunatly, not all the people who respond consider it dangerous. In this post there is an answer wher it states that people who cant do both at the same time are stupid. And it goes on. Many people have not realised how dangerous this is, but they are willing to listen. But there are always the ones who always know best than laws. I´m glad you stopped doing it. Its good for you and for other people. Take care
• Philippines
28 Mar 10
I guess it is okay if you are using hand-free or earphone while doing so but you need to have your other senses to be alert at all times to see any incoming traffic or passersby
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
29 Mar 10
It´s better but not okay. When you talk to someone, you have to concentrate in what the person is saying and what you will answer. Your mind is not on the road.
• India
26 Mar 10
This is absolute no no for me and I hate those who does this. I have seen many time people on the road talking on cell phone while driving. This is such a big mistake peoples are doing. May be they have not been victim of this mistake but yes if they do not stop doing this, it may be other day for them. They think that its manageable but you never know when you lost your balance and became a victim of this. I do not do this and will argue you all NOT to do this for any reason. take your time, nothing can be that urgent when you have to drive and talk at the same time.
@setsuna26 (2409)
• Philippines
25 Mar 10
Hello I believe its pretty dangerous indeed you dont need to know about any studies at all but the risk of ung your phone while driving is pretty much obvious thats why im hoping none of us will be trying such a dangerous thing at all.Some people say its just fine just make sure you will be able driving still. In the end when they got into an accident then thats the time that they will be sorry for not listening at all
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
29 Mar 10
I know it sounds obvious when talking about it. Yet, if you are in the road and take alook at the other cars nearby, half of them at least will have drivers that are also using their cellphones
@aabuda (1725)
• Philippines
25 Mar 10
Yes. It is definitely dangerous to do it. Each of us should be responsible enough when driving...
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
29 Mar 10
I don´t know why people don´t realise it´s a risk for them also. If they don´t care about the rest of the world, they could care for themselves.
@Buchi_bulla (8304)
• India
25 Mar 10
I hate if anyone talks over phone while driving. It is not only dangerous for them but for other innocent lives too. If the call is urgent, let them stop the car or scooter on the road side, finish talking and then drive.
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
29 Mar 10
You are absolutly right, friend! That the way to do it!The two things can´t be done at the same time.
@tundeemma (896)
• South Africa
25 Mar 10
making phone calls while driving does not only pose great danger to the driver but also other drivers and passersby, it is very easy to make a mistake and cause terrible accidents while making phone calls and riving at the same time, even the fine one has to pay when caught is enough to scare one away
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
25 Mar 10
It is very dangerous and against the law in many countries but everyone does it. It is a shame.
@missybear (11393)
• United States
25 Mar 10
I think it should not be allowed to talk on the phone and drive. 9 out of 10 people I see driving talk on the phone. It's like am epidemic. I think they should get a ticket for it. i walk a lot and it's scary crossing the street be course people don't watch the road , they to busy talking and texting.
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
25 Mar 10
It IS against the law. Only it´s not reinforced.
• United States
25 Mar 10
Yes.. I hate to see people driving and talking on cell phone. What irritates me the most, is that most people that are talking does not pay attention as they drive and slows traffic down. If people would stay the speed limit and drive that would be alright ,as long as they would keep their attention to the road and traffic. I am a Truck Driver and it really bothers me, because i am a professional Driver and sometime they pull in front of my truck and that is very dangerous. People doesn't realize how Trucks need extra time to stop and need to keep our distance to allow that time too stop.
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
25 Mar 10
I just discovered what cops should do: take the cell phones to jail for a couple of days. THAT´ll teach them!
@Cutie18f (9560)
• Philippines
25 Mar 10
Hello Marguicha! HOw are you? Yes, I think it should be considered a crime and those caught doing that should serve time in jail so this crazy habit will stop. A lot of accidents have already happened because of this. They not only endanger themselves and those riding the vehicle but also people around. These people should be taught a lesson and it's about time that a law governing this should be enforced. I don't know in your country, but in our country, there is no such law here prohibiting drivers from using the cellphone while driving.
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
25 Mar 10
Maybe you are right. The cop takes the offender to jail and leaves him for an hour. I bet that after losing one hour of his precious time, the person will think it twice before doing it. Many of the people who use their cell phones while driving feel they are wonderful because they are using very well their time. After an hour in a gray police office sitting room ( no news papers to read, no tele and maybe the cell phone taken "prisoner" for a couple of days)they will behave.
• United States
24 Mar 10
although i think saying it is the same thing as drunk driving is a bit ridiculous, people do underestimate how dangerous it can be. they might say that its the same thing as drinking a coffee or eating a sandwich, but the difference is that you can set down a drink for a minute and drink only when necessary, whereas a phone is always right up against your head with your hand being used the entire time, rather than just when its safe. bluetooth's are easy and cheap and people who want to talk all the time should just get them.
@marguicha (133112)
• Chile
25 Mar 10
The article does not talk of "saying". It tells about experiments.