Skip to comments.Survey: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use
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 Councils 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.
Everybodys on a telephone. If people do cut you off, you look and theyre talking on the telephone. I think they are a problem. a driver told Murnane. Hands-free or not.
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Well its a good thing they aren’t worried about shaving, putting on makeup, reading, eating or any number of other things.
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.
All those are basic human rights...texting isn’t...yet.
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.
Heck! I don’t need any studies or stats. I know what happens with me ... :-) ...
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
Let me pull over before I can comment.
In other words ... the remaining “1 out of 4” is actually an ACCIDENT ... LOL ...
I only post on Free Republic (on my iPad) when I’m stopped at a red light ... :-) ...
Not while driving. Saw a woman the other day, putting on mascara and smoking, while driving.
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....
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.
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.
seen them reading a book while driving.
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.
Use a damn blue tooth type of device, idiots!
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.
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.
Sorry, wrong link
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 ?
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.
Yeah, well that has to be one of the top ten stupidest things I ever heard in my life.
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.
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.
>> Saw a woman the other day, putting on mascara and smoking, while driving. <<
Wow! She was farding and smoking at the same time!
Eating tacos while driving is almost impossible.
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.”
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.
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."
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.
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.
Yes you sound like a sorry, hollow chesty thumping specimen.
I was making a point.
And to your point about science and Books.
Can you learn to drive from a Book ?
Simple accident rates are the best gauge of trends like this.
So my survey shows that two out of three accidents are caused by illegal Aliens!
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.
It is completely out of control.
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...
“It is an epidemic.”
It is, and laws aren’t putting a dent in it - it is getting worse.
I have seen drivers with a newspaper spread out before them on the steering wheel. Really.
Since 1 in 3 drivers are on the phone, then using the phone must make them safer!
They will ban cell phones. Unless the NSA mandates them so they can track you easier.
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.
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 ... :-) ...
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” ... :-) ...
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 ... :-) ...
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.
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 ... :-) ...