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Survey: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use
CBS New York ^ | Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Staff

Posted on 03/27/2014 6:16:19 PM PDT by Star Traveler

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Texting and driving is dangerous but a new survey finds talking on a cellphone while behind the wheel may be even worse.

As WCBS 880′s Paul Murnane reported from Stamford, the National Safety Council’s annual report found 26 percent of all crashes are tied to phone use, but noted just 5 percent involved texting. play

Safety advocates are lobbying now for a total ban on driver phone use, pointing to studies that headsets do not reduce drive distraction. Some motorists said they support the idea.

“Everybody’s on a telephone. If people do cut you off, you look and they’re talking on the telephone. I think they are a problem.” a driver told Murnane. “Hands-free or not.”

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It is distracting, and "accident-causing" as I've actually experienced it before. I realize that I've been on "autopilot" and I have absolutely no recollection of traveling over a certain section of road. That's enough to make me quit doing it.
1 posted on 03/27/2014 6:16:20 PM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Star Traveler

Well its a good thing they aren’t worried about shaving, putting on makeup, reading, eating or any number of other things.


2 posted on 03/27/2014 6:18:05 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Star Traveler

Such partial and biased stats makes me barf. Far fewer people ARE texting but no allowance for that in this story. This writer advocates nothing more than a complete ban.

btw: I have never been in an accident while in conversation. Now I would never dream of texting while driving either.


3 posted on 03/27/2014 6:19:09 PM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: driftdiver

All those are basic human rights...texting isn’t...yet.


4 posted on 03/27/2014 6:19:58 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: driftdiver

I would agree with you on those things. In addition, I would add - carrying on a conversation with someone in the passenger seat or the back seat. It’s the same problem.


5 posted on 03/27/2014 6:20:48 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: George from New England

Heck! I don’t need any studies or stats. I know what happens with me ... :-) ...


6 posted on 03/27/2014 6:22:13 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler
Survey: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

Look for the same number involving drugs. And, the same number for drunk driving. (Now we know the cause for 3 out of 4 crashes) That leaves 1 in 4 with no cause at all! /S

7 posted on 03/27/2014 6:22:58 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Star Traveler

Let me pull over before I can comment.


8 posted on 03/27/2014 6:23:23 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Bushbacker1

In other words ... the remaining “1 out of 4” is actually an ACCIDENT ... LOL ...


9 posted on 03/27/2014 6:24:24 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Jonty30

I only post on Free Republic (on my iPad) when I’m stopped at a red light ... :-) ...


10 posted on 03/27/2014 6:25:28 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Dallas59

Not while driving. Saw a woman the other day, putting on mascara and smoking, while driving.


11 posted on 03/27/2014 6:27:31 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Star Traveler

I’m replying right now on my smartphone driving in heavy traffic and I just wanted to say.......ARGH, CRASH.......Whew, have to get back to you later....


12 posted on 03/27/2014 6:27:56 PM PDT by PROCON (Those who are capable of Tyranny are capable of Deceit to sustain it.)
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To: Star Traveler

Every single day, I wind up behind someone so busy talking to the person sitting beside them, that they don’t notice the light has changed. We sit there for five to ten seconds, and they finally decide to check the road ahead, and notice everyone else is across the intersection already.

Cell phones? LOL...

We’ve got a much bigger problem with riders in the vehicle.


13 posted on 03/27/2014 6:28:12 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: Star Traveler

only for women. straight men keep eyes forward when talking to a passenger. women look at the person in the passenger seat whe they talk.


14 posted on 03/27/2014 6:30:02 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: driftdiver

seen them reading a book while driving.


15 posted on 03/27/2014 6:30:41 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: driftdiver

NEWS BREAK!!!

It has just been discovered that in 100% of the auto accidents, drivers were breathing just before the crash!!

We have got to do something about it.


16 posted on 03/27/2014 6:30:49 PM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: Star Traveler

Use a damn blue tooth type of device, idiots!


17 posted on 03/27/2014 6:34:17 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Take out the trash)
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To: Star Traveler

I agree they do cause some distraction but all these studies show the rise in accidents because of cell phones but traffic fatalities have gone down fairly steadily since the 60’s. You would think they would show some sort of a spike with the advent of the cell phone. They don’t.

http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=3138179%2C1


18 posted on 03/27/2014 6:35:46 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Star Traveler

If you can’t drive while talking on the phone or talking with your passengers, than “talking” is not your problem.

Driving is !!!!

Eating hot pizza while driving is something I avoid.

I once had a delivery/box truck with a serious steering issue. In order to drive it in a straight line I literally had to constantly move the wheel from the 9 o’clock position to 3 o’clock, constantly. Just to go in a straight line.

Talking was never a problem, eating anything but pizza was never a problem, smoking and drinking coffee was never a problem, changing my clothes while driving this vehicle was a problem.


19 posted on 03/27/2014 6:36:54 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Sorry, wrong link

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_motor_vehicle_deaths_in_U.S._by_year#Motor_vehicle_deaths_in_U.S._by_year


20 posted on 03/27/2014 6:37:47 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Star Traveler

I think this statistic needs further analysis.

Suppose that while driving, people are on the cell phone for 50% of that time while only causing 25% of the accidents ?


21 posted on 03/27/2014 6:41:46 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: Star Traveler

Texting( I believe) destroyed my new explorer last year and my wife spent the night in the hospital. The little Putz who rammed her in the rear as she was stopped at a light had no other excuse. He admitted he was wrong but not texting, but there was little question he was otherwise occupied. The cop at the scene winced as if in pain when I suggested the cause of the accident be check for alcohol and/or check his cell.
His insurance paid all bills but I refuse to buy another new car. I had my old Durango fixed up. I was so careful with the Explorer and all it took was one jerk otherwise occupied to total it.

Met my retired car insurance agent recently. Told him about the incident but not my suppositions as to the cause. First word out of his mouth was “Texting”.

It is an epidemic.


22 posted on 03/27/2014 6:42:15 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Star Traveler
Texting and driving is dangerous but a new survey finds talking on a cellphone while behind the wheel may be even worse.

Yeah, well that has to be one of the top ten stupidest things I ever heard in my life.

23 posted on 03/27/2014 6:47:13 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Star Traveler

Correlation does not equal causation. Just because somebody was talking on a phone when a crash occurred is not proof that the phone conversation caused the crash.


24 posted on 03/27/2014 6:50:54 PM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: Star Traveler

A man was stripping & driving in the car next to my mom and me the other day. He drove over the center median, and I looked to see what was wrong and his bare legs were up above the dash, then further down his shirt etc were off.


25 posted on 03/27/2014 6:51:16 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: driftdiver

>> Saw a woman the other day, putting on mascara and smoking, while driving. <<

Wow! She was farding and smoking at the same time!


26 posted on 03/27/2014 6:54:35 PM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: Zeneta
eating anything but pizza was never a problem

Eating tacos while driving is almost impossible.

27 posted on 03/27/2014 6:56:41 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: George from New England

Even talking with a passenger takes some concentration, as I can vouch. No driver I knew who entered a hairy traffic situation wanted to keep talking until he or she was back out of it. However “phone manners” militate against this. It’s not like we commonly hear “Excuse me George, the traffic is getting hairy. Let’s talk later.”


28 posted on 03/27/2014 6:59:47 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Eating tacos while driving is almost impossible.


Hard shell, Yes !!

BTW, I just got back from Moe’s. Had two hard shell Fish tacos.

They are awesome !!

I want to start a Taco delivery company. Like Pizza delivery, but TACOS.


29 posted on 03/27/2014 7:01:39 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: staytrue
>> Suppose that while driving, people are on the cell phone for 50% of that time while only causing 25% of the accidents? <<

Indeed. And let's look at it another way:

Let's assume that at any given time, 1/8 of all drivers are talking on the phone.

(Not an unreasonable assumption these days, IMHO.)

Ergo, we should expect that approximately 1/4 of all two-car crashes would occur while one driver or the other was on the phone, regardless of whether the phone was "at fault."

30 posted on 03/27/2014 7:02:34 PM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: Hawthorn

Agreed, separating incidental from causal statistics is needed for good science. Hardly anybody remembers what science is any more, for all its books get thumped on by bible skeptics.


31 posted on 03/27/2014 7:06:26 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I’m sorry, but if you can’t talk/listen and drive then you can’t drive.

I can drive anything, anywhere at anytime.

I can parallel park a full sized SUV with a foot of total space in less than four moves.

Driving is about awareness. It’s physical. Talking/listening is not physical and why some people can’t do both at the same time is beyond my understanding.


32 posted on 03/27/2014 7:19:20 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: Zeneta

Yes you sound like a sorry, hollow chesty thumping specimen.


33 posted on 03/27/2014 7:20:30 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Really ?

I was making a point.

And to your point about science and Books.

Can you learn to drive from a Book ?


34 posted on 03/27/2014 7:28:26 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
Don't use fatality rates to analyze accident trends over time. Fatality rates decline over time for almost any type of incident or health condition simply because the quality of medical care has improved so much.

Simple accident rates are the best gauge of trends like this.

35 posted on 03/27/2014 7:32:42 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Star Traveler
Kind of like this.
36 posted on 03/27/2014 7:36:39 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Star Traveler
Well I have been run into three times, twice by undocumented drivers

So my survey shows that two out of three accidents are caused by illegal Aliens!

37 posted on 03/27/2014 8:10:32 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Zeneta

You were being perfectly illogical.

Because you can park neatly, has nothing to do with whether the average driver can talk and deal with heavy traffic. Nothing! Even Alfred E. Neumann could see that.


38 posted on 03/27/2014 9:23:29 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Vaquero

It is completely out of control.


39 posted on 03/27/2014 9:25:25 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Zeneta
I once had a delivery/box truck with a serious steering issue. In order to drive it in a straight line I literally had to constantly move the wheel from the 9 o’clock position to 3 o’clock, constantly. Just to go in a straight line.

I had a vehicle like that. I changed out the steering gear (the old one was worn past adjustment), and once the steering was tight again, it took me 500 miles to learn how to drive in a straight line...

40 posted on 03/27/2014 10:45:15 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Vaquero

“It is an epidemic.”

It is, and laws aren’t putting a dent in it - it is getting worse.


41 posted on 03/28/2014 2:17:47 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: driftdiver
Well its a good thing they aren’t worried about shaving, putting on makeup, reading, eating or any number of other things.

I have seen drivers with a newspaper spread out before them on the steering wheel. Really.

42 posted on 03/28/2014 5:30:18 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: Star Traveler

Since 1 in 3 drivers are on the phone, then using the phone must make them safer!


43 posted on 03/28/2014 5:50:07 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed ("Income Inequality?" Let's start with Washington DC vs. the rest of the nation!)
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To: Star Traveler

They will ban cell phones. Unless the NSA mandates them so they can track you easier.


44 posted on 03/28/2014 5:50:33 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: redgolum

There are already places that ban their use in cars, so that’s not new. I would imagine that banning “hands-free” would be a lot more difficult to enforce.


45 posted on 03/28/2014 6:14:03 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

It’s not that there are necessarily “killer accidents” ... but accidents.

HOWEVER, I must say that my lack of accidents is probably making up for someone else’s increase in accidents ... :-) ...


46 posted on 03/28/2014 6:16:04 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Zeneta

I’ve found that I’m on AUTO-PILOT in those circumstances - and I have absolutely no recollection of the road, during that time. I could have been in a coma and I would have remembered as much of the road ... even though I “did drive it” ... :-) ...


47 posted on 03/28/2014 6:18:21 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

I guess that’s a testament to safer cars, which shows us that all the safety measures instituted on our cars are working. I applaud them for that.

However, I personally don’t like accidents in general, not just “killer accidents”. I hate someone running into the rear end of my car and producing a big dent there ... :-) ...


48 posted on 03/28/2014 6:22:18 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Vaquero

No doubt texting is a real big factor. But I think you can add “talking” in there as a big factor, too - and I say that from my own personal experience.


49 posted on 03/28/2014 6:23:48 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Hawthorn

I can assure you, from my own experience, that talking on the phone puts me into a COMA as far as the “road” is concerned. I can’t even tell you about a single thing that I drove past while talking on the phone ... :-) ...


50 posted on 03/28/2014 6:26:15 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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