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Old Mar 7th, 2014, 03:12 PM   #21
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Very funny video.

Yeah - you definitely can't check the texts as you drive. I try not to use my phone (other than the GPS, which I set up before I start) while driving - it's just too distracting, as is borne out by the studies. It doesn't matter if it's handsfree or not. I know I'm in some other zone when talking on the phone, so if anyone does call, I either ignore it or answer and keep it extremely short. Our new Mazda 3 has BT with steering wheel and voice controls, but even so, I know my attention is never entirely on the road (where it should be) if I'm on the phone or trying to get Siri to do something - and especially if Siri is in non-comprende mode.

Interesting study on hands-free texting: http://www.tirf.ca/publications/PDF_...13_Final_6.pdf
I know what you mean Paddy, I never use my iPhone, especially when driving our motor home. When one is 46 feet long and weighs over 11 tons, my eyes are on the road at all times. If I have a passenger, I even get them to change the radio station. No passenger, no change. That habit carries over to my SUV as well. If I must make or take a call, I do it safely stopped from the side of the road. If more folks did that, there would be far fewer collisions. And they are collisions, not accidents. Collisions mainly from driver error, thanks to distractions.
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Old Mar 7th, 2014, 04:51 PM   #22
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I know what you mean Paddy, I never use my iPhone, especially when driving our motor home. When one is 46 feet long and weighs over 11 tons, my eyes are on the road at all times. If I have a passenger, I even get them to change the radio station. No passenger, no change. That habit carries over to my SUV as well. If I must make or take a call, I do it safely stopped from the side of the road. If more folks did that, there would be far fewer collisions. And they are collisions, not accidents. Collisions mainly from driver error, thanks to distractions.
Did you see this news story in the last couple of days? The dashcam captures the crash - and a reporter from Dryden looked at it carefully and isolated a frame that quite clearly shows that the driver of the truck entering the highway was on his phone.

http://www.tbnewswatch.com/news/326162/Dramatic-crash

Scary stuff - luckily everyone in this crash got out alive and well.
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I agree that driving or texting while driving is dangerous but just as many accidents or collisions occured before cell phones and texting came around.
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I agree that driving or texting while driving is dangerous but just as many accidents or collisions occured before cell phones and texting came around.
While it's possible that the overall number of accidents hasn't risen over the last few decades, this does NOT mean that collisions caused by distracted drivers - including those on cell phones or texting has not risen. Overall accident rates have not increased because of safer cars and the fact that there has been a reduction in the number of impaired drivers causing accidents.

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Despite education campaigns and police blitzes, the number of fatal collisions where distraction is cited as a cause have risen by 17 per cent in Canada over the most recent five-year period, from 302 deaths to 352, according to data from Transport Canada's National Collision Database for the years 2006 to 2010.
Cellphones blamed as fatal collisions by 'distracted drivers' up - Canada - CBC News
http://www.uvm.edu/~vlrs/Safety/Dist...%20Driving.pdf
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Anyway - I don't need a study to tell me that driving and talking on a phone is not a safe activity. I KNOW I'm not paying enough attention to the road if I do it. Human beings just aren't actually capable of multi-tasking. (See the last bit in the last link - and there is lots more out there if you Google it)
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