Tarry for the Nonce

December 16, 2005

Why Not Just Call?

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 8:04 am

About 10 percent of the people on the road during the day are using cell phones, up from 8 percent in 2004, the government reported Thursday.

Six percent of drivers were holding the phones to their ears, up from 5 percent last year . . .

For the first time, the government examined drivers manipulating hand-held devices at the wheel, including dialing, typing a text message or playing a video game. Only 0.2 percent of drivers were observed fiddling with the gadgets.

Frankly, I don’t understand how talking on a cell phone is any more distracting than talking to another passenger or listening to the radio. However, both hands on the wheel should be a priority – which is why technology provides us with so many handy-dandy devices to facilitate it. Who text messages while their car is in motion?


1 Comment

  1. I guess it all depends on the depth of the conversation. Of course if you’re with a passenger, she’ll likely make a blood curdling shriek if, say, a car two lanes over starts to drift. This naturally helps to keep you safe and leads to a nice, relaxing driving experience.

    Comment by Howard — December 16, 2005 @ 4:44 pm

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