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Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Here is an article on MSNBC about how people are more likely to crash while driving with a cell phone. Please note the big Verizon Wireless advertisement at the top... and the Nokia advertisement on the right if you click on the screenshot.
Not exactly what I would call good product placement if you ask me.
Update: After reading the actual article, I find this rather interesting:
Alright... that's a pretty major conclusion if you ask me. So how did they come to this conclusion?
Hold on. You looked at cell phone records? So how do you know if it was hands free or not? Just because the phone is capable of being hands free doesn't mean it was automatically used that way... and some phones may be labeled as "not hands free" by the researches but still have that ability. So how on Earth is their conclusion valid?
Q. Does cell phone use while driving cause traffic crashes?Post a Comment
A. Research shows that driving while using a cell phone can pose a serious cognitive distraction and degrade driver performance. The data are insufficient to quantify crashes caused by cell phone use specifically, but NHTSA estimates that driver distraction from all sources contributes to 25 percent of all police-reported traffic crashes.
Q. Is it safe to use hands-free (headset, speakerphone, or other device) cell phones while driving?
A. The available research indicates that whether it is a hands-free or hand-held cell phone, the cognitive distraction is significant enough to degrade a driver’s performance. This can cause a driver to miss key visual and audio cues needed to avoid a crash.
First two questions on the NHTSA's cellphone research page. I remember reading this in a local paper. The distraction from either is enough to risk accidents.
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