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    Default Drivers on Cell Phones Kill Thousands, Snarl Traffic

    Drivers on Cell Phones Kill Thousands, Snarl Traffic
    By Robert Roy Britt
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    Finally, empirical proof you can blame chatty 20-somethings for stop-and-go traffic on the way to work.

    A new study confirms that the reaction time of cell phone users slows dramatically, increasing the risk of accidents and tying up traffic in general, and when young adults use cell phones while driving, they're as bad as sleepy septuagenarians.

    "If you put a 20-year-old driver behind the wheel with a cell phone, their reaction times are the same as a 70-year-old driver who is not using a cell phone," said University of Utah psychology professor David Strayer. "It's like instantly aging a large number of drivers."

    The study was announced today and is detailed in winter issue of the quarterly journal Human Factors.

    Traffic jams and death

    Cell phone distraction causes 2,600 deaths and 330,000 injuries in the United States every year, according to the journal's publisher, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

    The reason is now obvious:

    Drivers talking on cell phones were 18 percent slower to react to brake lights, the new study found. In a minor bright note, they also kept a 12 percent greater following distance. But they also took 17 percent longer to regain the speed they lost when they braked. That frustrates everyone.

    "Once drivers on cell phones hit the brakes, it takes them longer to get back into the normal flow of traffic," Strayer said. "The net result is they are impeding the overall flow of traffic."

    Strayer and his colleagues have been down this road before. In 2001, they found that even hands-free cell phone use distracted drivers. In 2003 they revealed a reason: Drivers look but don't see, because they're distracted by the conversation. The scientists also found previously that chatty motorists are less adept than drunken drivers with blood alcohol levels exceeding 0.08.

    Separate research last year at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign supported the conclusion that hands-free cell phone use causes driver distraction.

    "With younger adults, everything got worse," said Arthur Kramer, who led the Illinois study. "Both young adults and older adults tended to show deficits in performance. They made more errors in detecting important changes and they took longer to react to the changes."

    The impaired reactions involved seconds, not just fractions of a second, so stopping distances increased by car-lengths.

    Older drivers more cautious

    The latest study used high-tech simulators. It included people aged 18 to 25 and another group aged 65 to 74. Elderly drivers were slower to react when talking on the phone, too.

    The simulations uncovered a twofold increase in the number of rear-end collisions by drivers using cell phones.

    Older drivers seem to be more cautious overall, however.

    "Older drivers were slightly less likely to get into accidents than younger drivers," Strayer said. "They tend to have a greater following distance. Their reactions are impaired, but they are driving so cautiously they were less likely to smash into somebody." But in real life, he added, older drivers are significantly more likely to be rear-ended because of their slow speed.

    Other studies in the journal found:

    Telephone numbers presented by automated voice systems compete for drivers' attention to a far greater extent than when the driver sees the same information presented on a display.
    Interruptions to driving, such as answering a call, are likely to be more dangerous if they occur during maneuvers like merging to exit a freeway.
    Things could get worse. Wireless Internet, speech recognition systems and e-mail could all be even more distracting.

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    What about eating in the car, woman that apply make up, changing radio stations, inserting CD's, parents distracted by children in the back, people talking to someone in the passenger seat etc etc etc etc etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OLO
    What about eating in the car, woman that apply make up, changing radio stations, inserting CD's, parents distracted by children in the back, people talking to someone in the passenger seat etc etc etc etc etc.
    Anytime I see a woman applying her makeup on the road, or a dink on the phone (regardless of age or sex), I make it a point to get the hell away from them. Rolling bombs of bad news, those people.
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    I once saw a woman reading a book while driving. Seriously, WTF?!?

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    This is where I'll get a lot of shit from the ladies.....

    Women should be given one choice: They can either have a driver's license or they can have a cell-phone.

    Now, there are a small amount of men out there that are just as bad, but in my experiences 9 times out of 10 a woman is too blame for combining lousy driving and talking on their phone.

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    Last nite on the way home from work I saw something for a first time - a lady balancing her check book while driving. COME ON!!! Can't you wait 'til you get home to balance the check book. Ooooh, you saved how many minutes doing it in the car. Rush-hour stop and go traffic is bad enough...
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    I'll never forget years ago I had a job driving a truck and you just see all kinds of weird stuff when you're on the road all day. I stop at this red light and look to my left and see a woman lookin like she's jumpin up and down in her seat. The car in front of me turns right and I creep up a little to be right next to her. She's rolling her eyes and breathin hard and jumpin up and down more.. well, her hands were NOT on the steering wheel. There was a point at which she stopped, apparently satisfied, then the light turned green. This was in 1985 before we all had cell phones....

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    i saw a girl playing gameboy and driving once, i am not fucking shitting you with this.

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    It's not just chicks on the cell phones, dudes are becoming as big of a threat.

    Today as I drove into work there was a gold Chevy Blazer in the right lane. As we near a notoriously dangerous on-ramp he just cruises through, forcing one car onto the shoulder. The dipshit never saw him. As a pulled up along side, expecting to see a blonde female I instead see a dude my age yacking on the phone. I gave him my best "You are a dumbass" look and sped up and away from this hazard.

    Seriously, they should force people with cell phones to have a light on the roof of the car that flashes to warn fellow drivers that they are being stupid. Male driver should be force to have a pink flashing light.

    Seriously guys, instead of talking on your phone in the car, find a surgeon, spend the money and get a vagina.

    I see people fooling with their laptops too, WTF?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300
    <>Seriously guys, instead of talking on your phone in the car, find a surgeon, spend the money and get a vagina.

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    I'm guilty for just about all of that shit except applying makeup. I can get away with it though because I'm fuckin great. I'm like Bill Brawski on the road.
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    I talk on the phone while driving all the time, I do use a wireless ear piece though.

    I eat in the car as well.

    I had sex in a car once but the car was not moving.
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    Gee, did we really need a researcher to tell us the obvious.

    Most of the time, people on a cell phone are weaving or hitting the breaks every 5 seconds. I'm sure the eaters and make-up appliers are the same way. I'll admit that I talk on the phone sometimes on the road. What I do is slow down a little and move out of the speed lane.
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    I got no problem with hand's free cell users.

    I'm guilty of fiddling with the radio, I only shave at stoplights.

    Truckers see all of the shit, dude's yanking their crank, chicks with no pants, chicks going down on their dudes, chicks with vibrators, nekkid people.

    One truck driver on a call-in show summed it up best when he said:

    "People don't seem to understand that they are NOT sitting on a couch"

    Four years ago, some idiot killed himself and three others while he was reading his newspaper at 75mph.
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