Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Drink & Drive; Saves more lives than texting and driving

[I first tried warning South Floridians in 1993 that talking on their cells while driving posed a particular hazard in our local culture. “A phone in one hand, a steering wheel in the other, how can you aim a pistol?”

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

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/14/2799450/shut-up-and-quit-texting.html#moreb#storylink=cphttp://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/14/2799450/shut-up-and-quit-texting.html#moreby

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