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Ogling of Women a Leading Cause of Car Accidents in Colombia
National Post [Canada] ^ | Thursday,June 15, 2006 | Canadian Press

Posted on 06/16/2006 10:25:24 AM PDT by canuck_conservative

In Colombia, beauty can kill. Drivers ogling attractive women rather than paying attention to the road are one of the South American country's leading causes of car accidents.

Distraction was the No. 1 cause of the 115,000 road accidents in Colombia last year, costing the equivalent of about $250 million Cdn, according to research by the Road Safety Fund, a private organization.

The cell phone was the biggest distraction for drivers, accounting for about 10 per cent of all accidents. Second was men staring at women, which accounted for nearly one in 20 crashes.

"It's a culture here of drivers honking the horn at an attractive woman, throwing her some compliment as he drives past, and he's not concentrating on driving," the group's director, Francisco Fernandez, told a news conference.

His presentation included close-up images of attractive women in miniskirts to remind the audience of the extent of this danger.

More than 1,300 drivers were interviewed for the study conducted by the fund, a private group made up of insurance companies.

Colombia has been improving its road safety, bringing down accidents from an average of 200,000 per year to just over 115,000 last year.

But with potholed roads traversing treacherous mountain ranges and drivers who don't think twice about overtaking on blind corners, driving in Colombia can still be a dangerous endeavour.

While authorities have begun fining those caught driving and speaking on a cell phone - sanctioning more than 17,000 drivers in Bogota alone last year - the fund is recommending less draconian methods to discourage men from looking at women while driving.

"We are hoping for an educational campaign, to inform drivers of how dangerous this can be," said Fernandez.

Other listed distractions were drivers fussing with their appearances and looking at advertising - which in Colombia often features scantily clad women.

The study found that as male drivers grow older, they get grumpier: less focused on women but more inclined to be distracted by arguing with their passengers.

"Around the world, distraction is one of the leading causes of accidents. The reasons for distractions are different for each culture," Fernandez said. "In the United States, research has found a large cause of distraction is eating while driving, something not seen here."

© The Canadian Press 2006


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: accidents; chica; colombia; distractions; driving; men
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Which distraction is worse - ogling women, using a cellphone, playing with the radio, or eating?
1 posted on 06/16/2006 10:25:27 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: canuck_conservative

how about ogling a cellphone, playing with your food, or eating....er...


....yeah.


2 posted on 06/16/2006 10:26:43 AM PDT by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: canuck_conservative

(Ogling of Women a Leading Cause of Car Accidents in Colombia)



Well, have you seen these Columbian women? THey are beautiful (most of them).


3 posted on 06/16/2006 10:27:35 AM PDT by A Troop 1-14 Cav (By the time you understand women, you are one.)
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To: canuck_conservative

That's a tough one. Hmmmm, NO OGLING ALLOWED...


4 posted on 06/16/2006 10:27:53 AM PDT by Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin
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To: canuck_conservative
Ogling of Women a Leading Cause of Car Accidents in Colombia

I'd wager this isn't a problem in Iran (burkas).
5 posted on 06/16/2006 10:28:34 AM PDT by CertainInalienableRights
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To: canuck_conservative

Driving with ones genitals is not a good thing.


6 posted on 06/16/2006 10:28:42 AM PDT by Leg Olam (Four out of five voices in my head say 'Go for it!')
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To: Lee Heggy123

"Driving with ones genitals is not a good thing."

I always drive with mine, I'm very attached to them.


8 posted on 06/16/2006 10:30:00 AM PDT by dljordan
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To: canuck_conservative

We had this problem when mini-skirts gave rise to designer panties........ or not. :-)
(circa 1966)


9 posted on 06/16/2006 10:30:24 AM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: canuck_conservative

Ping for when pictures of pretty girls are posted! (I'm posting from my laptop while driving BTW)


10 posted on 06/16/2006 10:31:27 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.)
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To: canuck_conservative

"I'm on tonight/ You know my hips don't lie/ And I'm starting to feel it's right/ All the attraction/the tension Don't you see baby/this is perfection"

11 posted on 06/16/2006 10:33:21 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (PENCE BASHERS WILL BE CALLED OUT)
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To: canuck_conservative
My Information is about 20 years old. Columbia only allowed cars to be imported about every 10 years. So you would see a bunch of older cars. There was one Chrysler air flo from the thirties a man drove to work every day.
12 posted on 06/16/2006 10:33:22 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: Lee Heggy123
Driving with ones genitals is not a good thing.

Never leave home without them.

13 posted on 06/16/2006 10:33:39 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: canuck_conservative; MotleyGirl70

And broken toes.


14 posted on 06/16/2006 10:34:14 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: canuck_conservative

Which distraction is worse - ogling women, using a cellphone, playing with the radio, or eating?

________

ogling women talking on cell phones.


15 posted on 06/16/2006 10:34:39 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Islamic Terrorists, the Mainstream Media and the Democrat Party Have the Same Goals in Iraq.)
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To: xsmommy

Your experiences, please.


16 posted on 06/16/2006 10:35:05 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: canuck_conservative
His presentation included close-up images of attractive women in miniskirts to remind the audience of the extent of this danger.

I'm not convinced, weill need to see the full presentation.

17 posted on 06/16/2006 10:35:09 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: canuck_conservative

I saw this in high school. This guy was getting his mail, and the girl in the car next to me was obviously smitten. She was smiling and eyeing him and looked forward just in time to slam on her brakes and avoid hitting the car stopped in front of her. I wonder if she still liked him after his overreaction: holding his sides, bent over with laughter, pointing at her, etc.


18 posted on 06/16/2006 10:36:29 AM PDT by Rastus
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To: canuck_conservative; Caipirabob

CRASH!

19 posted on 06/16/2006 10:38:26 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: canuck_conservative

I'd need some photographic proof...


20 posted on 06/16/2006 10:40:49 AM PDT by bigbob (2)
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To: canuck_conservative

Sue Ellen Mishky strikes again!


21 posted on 06/16/2006 10:40:57 AM PDT by RedWhiteBlue
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To: RedWhiteBlue
The Braless Wonder
22 posted on 06/16/2006 10:44:11 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Lee Heggy123
Driving with ones genitals is not a good thing.

Sounds suspiciously like bragging to me. I can only adjust the inside rear view mirror with mine!

23 posted on 06/16/2006 10:44:13 AM PDT by IamConservative (Who does not trust a man of principle? A man who has none.)
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To: canuck_conservative
NEWS FLASH!... In a dramatic reversal of its position, the National Organization of Women announced that it now positively LOVES beautiful bikini-clad vixens traipsing around in public -- as long as they are restricted to treacherous mountain roads which run along the tops of high cliffs ("We'll get rid of all those male chauvinist pigs once and for all," said one cackling NOW veteran).
24 posted on 06/16/2006 10:44:37 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: A Troop 1-14 Cav
You can avoid an accident by stopping on the side of the road. Just yell:

"Como este mi car-o chika!"

A slap from a woman beats a pileup in most cases.

25 posted on 06/16/2006 10:45:05 AM PDT by BobS
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To: martin_fierro

Ugh! Put it in reverse!


26 posted on 06/16/2006 10:45:26 AM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: BobS

(A slap from a woman beats a pileup in most cases.)



It might be a slap but she still touched ya!


27 posted on 06/16/2006 10:46:22 AM PDT by A Troop 1-14 Cav (By the time you understand women, you are one.)
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To: TonyRo76

28 posted on 06/16/2006 10:46:52 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: canuck_conservative

Having known a few Columbian women, I can understand why.


29 posted on 06/16/2006 10:46:57 AM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: canuck_conservative
Sheesh, what are those people smoking?

Oh, never mind :)

30 posted on 06/16/2006 10:48:42 AM PDT by Paradox (Removing all Doubt since 1998!)
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To: LibWhacker

NEWS FLASH!... In a dramatic reversal of its position, the National Organization of Women announced that it now positively LOVES beautiful bikini-clad vixens




That makes more sense, seeing as how most of the NOW gang are "softball players."


31 posted on 06/16/2006 10:49:10 AM PDT by A Troop 1-14 Cav (By the time you understand women, you are one.)
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To: canuck_conservative
I was in an accident while ogling. I wasn't driving, but I didn't see the car stopped in front of us either. We did get to meet the 2 chicks though while swapping information with the other driver. Not to brag, but I made out on the deal. My friend got a smashed in hood and I got a date with one of the girls.
32 posted on 06/16/2006 10:49:23 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: canuck_conservative
I lived in Colombia for one year and believe me when I say this . . .

Colombian women are worth ogling.
33 posted on 06/16/2006 10:50:05 AM PDT by StJacques
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To: canuck_conservative

Reckless eyeballing..


34 posted on 06/16/2006 10:52:05 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: sheik yerbouty
Anyone remember the Mr. Microphone TV commercial?

"Hey good looking, we'll be back to pick you up later!"

35 posted on 06/16/2006 10:56:53 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: rightinthemiddle

Ogling women while talking to your wife on the cell phone could also be very dangerous.


36 posted on 06/16/2006 10:57:51 AM PDT by WesternPacific
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To: A Troop 1-14 Cav
"It might be a slap but she still touched ya!""

Since you got her attention, why not start a conversation?

37 posted on 06/16/2006 10:57:56 AM PDT by BobS
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To: BobS
A pretty girl, is like a melody

First you see her and then

You see her again

A pretty girCRASH!!

38 posted on 06/16/2006 11:04:58 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: IamConservative
Sounds suspiciously like bragging to me. I can only adjust the inside rear view mirror with mine!

I used to open the gas cap when stopping for full-service gas ... oh nevermind.

39 posted on 06/16/2006 11:07:06 AM PDT by ikka
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To: canuck_conservative

She can't help it if she's made that way,
she's not to blame if they look her way,
she ain't really tryin' to cause a scene,
it just comes naturally, lord the girl can't help it.

Well up on Main Street, by the taxi stand,
there's a crowd of people, and a traffic jam,
she don't look back, she ain't doin' nothing' wrong,
Lord have mercy, baby's got her blue jeans on!


40 posted on 06/16/2006 11:08:25 AM PDT by Humbug
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To: Humbug

They do respect her but(t)

They love to watch her strut.


41 posted on 06/16/2006 11:09:24 AM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: Lee Heggy123

Well it's not to difficult during the summer up here in the Northeast but during the winter, there can be some....shrinkage...which can impair your abilites :)


42 posted on 06/16/2006 11:09:30 AM PDT by PissAndVinegar
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To: bigbob
"I'd need some photographic proof..."

From my year in Colombia bigbob let me say that the outstanding qualities of Colombian beauty derive from the fact that Colombian women are more "purely Spanish" in ancestry than those of most other Latin American countries and their daily lives are marked by extensive walking up and down very mountainous terrain -- even their cities are quite hilly, which keeps them in fine physical shape. The ideal of Colombian beauty is a slender woman of radiant good health who would look indistinguishable from a Spanish beauty from say, Andalusia, that region of southern Spain that provided the majority of settlers to the country.



43 posted on 06/16/2006 11:11:50 AM PDT by StJacques
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To: canuck_conservative
"It's a culture here of drivers honking the horn at an attractive woman, throwing her some compliment as he drives past, and he's not concentrating on driving..."

Charming. This probably ranks up there with catcalls and whistles from construction workers.

44 posted on 06/16/2006 11:14:53 AM PDT by Serb5150 (Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!)
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To: BobS

Bingo!


45 posted on 06/16/2006 11:17:35 AM PDT by A Troop 1-14 Cav (By the time you understand women, you are one.)
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To: canuck_conservative
Drivers ogling attractive women rather than paying attention to the road are one of the South American country's leading causes of car accidents.

The obvious solution is to have a massive exchange program-- our fat American women for their slender Columbian beauties. Pound for pound of course, so we'll probably get two women for every one they get.

We'll worry about the so-called distraction "problems" later.

46 posted on 06/16/2006 11:25:24 AM PDT by zipper
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To: canuck_conservative

Beautiful but deadly...plenty of these Colombian women down here in Miami, usually not the kind you take home to mama.


47 posted on 06/16/2006 11:33:49 AM PDT by CubaninMiami
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To: A Troop 1-14 Cav
That's what I did around Madrid, Spain para tres anos. Those women slap you twice to make sure you are paying attention to them and stop acting like an ape.

Get enough women worked up in various countries and you will find out they all speak the same language:)

48 posted on 06/16/2006 11:38:18 AM PDT by BobS
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To: StJacques

Thank you for that pictoral post, St. Jacques. A friend native to Colombia advised to go to Medellin to find a wife but to Cali to find a lover. He claimed this is "common wisdom" in Colombia. Do you miss colombia?


49 posted on 06/16/2006 11:46:03 AM PDT by Draco
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To: BJClinton; Toby06; Maximus of Texas

ummmm...you should see this


50 posted on 06/16/2006 11:47:42 AM PDT by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com/)
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