Breaking The Law: Driving While On The Phone

Breaking The Law: Driving While On The Phone

You've done it. Don't even try to deny it.

Even if you live in a state with laws requiring the use of a hands-free headset while speaking on the cell phone, it's almost a certainty you've at least once broken that law.

Even if you truly, honestly believe it's dangerous to do so, you just can't help yourself when your snappy, downloaded ring tone jingle jangles and you snatch it up to answer the phone.

The Harris Poll has the evidence, so don't try to deny it: 72 percent of those surveyed confessed to using their phones while driving, and 66 percent of those folks confessed to using hand-held rather than hands-free.

Harris surveyed 2,681 adults (those 18 and older) in the United States between May 11 and 18, online. You can download a PDF with charts and tables
here.

The National Safety Council is
pushing for a complete ban on cell phone use while driving - hands-free or otherwise. It has cited a study performed in 2000 and updated in 2003 by the Harvard Center of Risk Analysis, which "estimates that cell phone use while driving contributes to 6 percent of crashes, which equates to 636,000 crashes, 330,000 injuries, 12,000 serious injuries and 2,600 deaths each year." The annual financial toll, according to the study, is $43 billion. And that study was funded by AT&T Wireless.

Here's some of the key findings of the Harris survey:

  • 72% of those who drive and own cell phones say they use them to talk while they are driving;
  • Most of these people (66%) say they usually use hand-held rather than hands-free telephones to talk;
  • Even in states that have banned the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, half (49%) of cell phone users use hand-held, rather than hands-free, phones;
  • Only 2% of those who use cell phones while driving believe this is not dangerous at all. Most believe it is very dangerous (26%), dangerous (24%) or somewhat dangerous (33%);
  • A 71% majority of those who use cell phones while driving believes that hands-free cell phones are safer than hand-held phones (even though some research suggest otherwise);
  • Younger drivers are more likely than older drivers to talk on the phone while driving. Most (58%) “Matures” (people older than Baby Boomers, currently aged 64 or over) who drive and own cell phones say they do not use their cell phones while driving; and,
  • A quarter of drivers with cell phones report using them to send or receive text messages while driving, although a large majority (74%) does not.

The poll concludes there is a "need for a major campaign to greatly reduce drivers’ cell phone use and texting."

Whether such a campaign would include a push for regulation would seem to be questionable, seeing as so many people already are ignoring current laws.

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I think texting while driving is rediculous, how someone thinks they can do that is beyond me.

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A couple times I have emailed from my Blackberry when I was stopped at a red light. When the light turns green, I put down the Blackberry regardless if done or not...until next light! Never while moving.

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R u kidding me? I always talk on the phone (and even text) while I am driving and I always will! What are they gonna do?

Russ

 

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AsanDumpy:

R u kidding me? I always talk on the phone (and even text) while I am driving and I always will! What are they gonna do?

Russ

www.anonymity.2ya.com

"What are they gonna do?"

 

Scrape you off your windshield some day.  Good luck!!

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My thoughts exactly badidea! LOL

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I don't need to deny talking on the phone while driving.

It isn't illegal in my State.

What? It isn't illegal in every State!?

Who knew!!1

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I talk on the cell but definitely try not to text unless I pull over. It's way too risky.

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Texting is ridiculous while driving, talking less so. Heck, I remember when I didn't even own a cell phone, so I had no opportunity to text or talk while I was driving. It wasn't that long ago. Has everyone forgotten? Also, how hard is it really to just use a headset? Headsets.com will even give you a free one if you are busted driving without one. http://www.headsets.com/feedback/handsfree.html

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I have never thought talking on the cell phone while driving was any more dangerous then talking to the passenger. As long as you are not dialing or looking down at the phone what is the difference? I grant that dialing and texting (which I have done both)while driving is more dangerous then simply resting the phone on your shoulder while you chat, it is the same thing as talking to your buddy in the front seat. How many of you drive with both hands on the wheel at all times? I'll bet very few of you, so what are you doing with that free hand? Same thing as holding a phone, except its not on an arm rest. Personally I have a Bluetooth to avoid the ticket, but I find the idea that holding a phone and having a conversation and not holding a phone and having a conversation are different in any way ludacris.

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Have any of you seen Voice on the Go? Check out the video at www.voiceonthego.com/video

I have an in car system and I call this service and I can listen to my emails, reply to them all by voice. I use the outbound call feature too...

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