Four years later, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that seemed to vindicate us Luddites. Cellular telephone conversations were found to be the statistical equivalent of drunk driving — as unsafe as tooling down the highway with a 0.10 percent blood alcohol level. Cell phone talkers were four times more likely to be involved in an automobile accident than a driver enmeshed in solitude.
In retrospect, a mere four-fold increase in danger seems hardly worth the worry. The National Highway Safety Administration reports that texting while driving ups the danger 23-fold. In the age of incessant texting, a sloppy drunk yapping on his cell phone has chosen the safer, preferable driving option.] emphasis added