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Doug, about that cell phone article ...(15 posts)

Doug, about that cell phone article ...Humma Hah
Mar 13, 2003 6:52 AM
... I found it last night. Yes, even hands-free cell phones distract drivers more than talking with passengers, listening to the radio, or listening to books on tape.

Cell phone use reduced reaction time to things like brake lights, especially in heavy traffic. It also reduced the ability to recall written words (the contents of signs). On non-driving tests, cell phone users could not remember words flashed on a computer screen during a hand-eye coordination test.
10-4; nmDougSloan
Mar 13, 2003 7:18 AM
what else distracts drivers though?ColnagoFE
Mar 13, 2003 7:49 AM
I mean tons of stuff distracts drivers and nobody is fighting to make any of it illegal. For example...changing the radio or inserting a CD/tape, adjusting the heat/AC, looking at a map while driving, talking to your passenger, and a biggie distraction...smoking!
You are so right!gtscottie
Mar 13, 2003 8:06 AM
When you are driving that is exactly what you should be doing DRIVING not talking on the phone, putting on make up or reading the newspaper etc....
I have yet to see a biker on his bike looking at a map as he rides but the same guy will do it in his car.... WHY??
You are so right!brider
Mar 13, 2003 8:23 AM
Ever see those handle bar bags with the clear plastic top? They're for maps. So you can look at them WHILE riding. Crazy.
Report: Kivilev was adjusting his radio when he went down.Spunout
Mar 13, 2003 8:31 AM
Both hands in his rear pockets on a descent, and touched wheels. Check Velonews for story, I think.
You are so right!gtscottie
Mar 13, 2003 8:43 AM
Totally crazy man!
RE:You are so right!TWD
Mar 13, 2003 10:08 AM
I haven't seen anyone on a bike reading a map, but I have seen a number of them talking on cell phones while riding (none of them serious riders). I saw one @*#^$(# who was riding along talking on his cell phone in traffic with his 5 year old son tagging behind on a two wheeler. Yeah, he was really looking out for his kid.

My daily bike commute to the office runs through a college campus. Seems like half of the idgit pedestrians are talking on there cell phones and walking out into the street without looking.

I won't even get started on all the run-ins with cell phone drivers.
Ever notice the Sunny Day Effect?Humma Hah
Mar 13, 2003 5:08 PM
On my college campus, I noticed that on bright, sunny days, folks tended to look at their feet and not look up when crossing the street. It was worse for two people walking together. I'd expect a similar effect for cell phones (which did not exist then).
Not in Oregon.....LOL!!!!!TWD
Mar 13, 2003 10:40 PM
I don't notice the sunny day effect much around here!!!! Not until July anyways.

Although, the first time we get a nice spring day with warm temps and sunshine, everyone crawls out of the woodwork and goes nuts.

I lay low on those days and commute at odd times to avoid the mayhem. Made the mistake of taking my normal route at 5pm once. It was a war zone. I lost count on how many times I almost got clobbered on my ride home.

Forget it, I'll take my lone solitary miles in the dark and rain any day. More peaceful I think.
..excessive farting really puts me off. nmSpunout
Mar 13, 2003 8:08 AM
My wife doesn't like it either... nmjaybird
Mar 13, 2003 11:17 AM
Ban big mac's while driving. Too messy. -nmSnowBlind
Mar 13, 2003 11:20 AM
What's the world coming too?spade
Mar 13, 2003 11:26 AM
If you can't eat a Big Mac while in the comfort of your plush Ford Excursion, I think I will pack up and move to Canada! No Big Mac's, sheesh!
You'll not be safe here, we've been invaded also.Spunout
Mar 13, 2003 11:29 AM
Although, I haven't eaten McFood in years, and plan to never do so again.