Digital Music Players Blamed For 17 Wrecks Per Day In Britain

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News Posted: Sun, Aug 8 2010 9:20 PM
Just about everyone should know by now that texting and driving, or even calling and driving, is a poor idea. Loads of wrecks happen each and everyday because of distracted drivers messing around with their cellphone, but it's not just phones that are causing problems. Radios have also long since been blamed for wrecks, as have noisy passengers. But one thing that has managed to stay out of this evil cycle of news until now is the iPod. Notice we said, "until now?"

AA Insurance in the UK has just published a report that blames around 17 accidents per day in England on digital music players. The study states that these players are causing drivers to drive into "iPod oblivion," where they are so focused on cycling through to the next genre or artist than they miss a street sign, don't hear a horn or simply drive into a lane that's already occupied.


In fact, they mention that anyone is at risk of falling into this, from runners to cyclists who pay more attention to their next track than to their surroundings. The company found that "accidents caused by people using MP3 players, mobile phones and electronic organizers while on the move have risen 5% in the last year." The president of AA said the following: "We can't stop the march of technology but we need to halt the iPod pedestrian, cycle and driver zombies. Whether on two feet, two wheels or four, too many people are suffering from so-called iPod oblivion." So, there you have it: don't switch playlists and drive. Or really, just drive.
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3vi1 replied on Mon, Aug 9 2010 6:02 PM

I can believe it. I've seen people drive into a ditch just because they were playing with the radio in the pre-mp3-player days.

I'll bet that even in the most advanced civilization, there's some doofus who's driving his land-speeder into a tree *right now* because he was trying to turn off the station playing Lady Gaga for the 7th time in an hour. (They're so advanced they can pick up those signals now, despite the speed of light)

We could try a bunch of laws that just add tons of fines to things that are already illegal, but they probably wouldn't _prevent_ such accidents. Most people that get in an accident because of their iPod aren't going to be so apt to repeat their behavior even without a huge fine on top of their car repair costs and the hours of removing blood from the undercarriage.

This is why I say we need cars that drive themselves *right now*. Cars that drive themselves, and also transform into fighting robots.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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I still say, survival of the fittest!

Changing your Ipod is the same as Textiing while you drive. Some people should just not do it!

They are the same same as people who think they can drive after drinking!

Take away that Seatbelt law! That way the people who are smoking, drinking and texting while trying to change the Ipod get to go through the window when they hit that tree! Instead of surving to do it again and possibly hit someone doing it right?!

Then again, maybe the British wouldnt be blameing the MP3 players...If they just drove on the right side of the road:P

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Aug 9 2010 8:33 PM

>> I still say, survival of the fittest!

The problem is... the same people Darwin is weeding out are crashing their car into my family (effectively getting a 3:1 kill ratio against improvement in the genepool).

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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