25% of car accidents caused by distractions such as cell phones

By Emil · 24 replies
Jul 11, 2011
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  1. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has released the first comprehensive overview summarizing distracted driving research for state officials. The 50-page report, titled "Distracted Driving: What Research Shows and What…

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  2. UnknownSky

    UnknownSky TS Enthusiast Posts: 43

    Did anyone else just lols at this? :]
  3. breaking news...bears do poop in the woods and the Pope is indeed, Catholic
  4. its true, i hate them. put your phone on silent.
  5. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    So you could say "75% of car accidents NOT caused by distractions such as moblie phones".

    That would be a '-1' for the law in my country. Some people are more than capable of operating a phone while driving and then not go on to kill someone's dog or squash their bin.
  6. Kralnor

    Kralnor TS Enthusiast Posts: 37

    Just like some people are able to drive while intoxicated?
  7. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    You guys laugh, but in ten years of working in auto insurance, I had exactly one person admit to using a cell phone at the time of the accident, and that was only to explain that she crashed the car due to texting, not to drinking (she was popped for a DUI). I also have yet to read a police report which lists use of a cell phone as a contributing factor in a car accident.

    I can hone in on texters very easily. Just look for a car going a bit slower than average, with the eyes of the person darting up and down into their lap. I usually just speed up to get away from them, but if I was a less scrupulous person I would slam on my brakes and get paid. I could probably do this every other day really.
  8. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    If drivers werent distracted by one thing, then it will just be another...
  9. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Now it's a different ball game though. You're getting into mental and physical tolerance when you talk about alcohol or drugs.

    I agree with the part of the law against texting though. I've been in a car with a mate of mine texting before...I don't think i stopped wincing all the way through the journey.
  10. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    Ive been doing the texting and driving bit for a while now... I wanted to add to my last reply. The only fender bender I got in from being distracted was some really hot girl on the side of the road, big tits, just great form.. blahblahblah... I wrecked into someone else slamming on their breaks for being almost as distracted as I was. Of course I was at fault and I still continue to look at girls on the side of the road... them girls jogging with spandex is my greatest weakness.
  11. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,311   +1,404

    are you trying to justify driving while intoxicated? I don't care about your mental or physical tolerance, intoxicated is intoxicated. I hope you get a DUI. Doesn't even have to be alcohol. It could be weed, pills, ect. I've been in too many near car accidents because someone wanted to smoke a joint or have a few beers before they got in the car. Way more than texting, actually. A car turns into a 2000lbs weapon in the hands of someone who can't control it.
  12. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Cars have long since rendered WMDs obsolete. Now we can add cell phones to the list.
  13. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Whoooa...I never said i agree with people who drink and drive.

    First i said:

    Then Kralnor said:

    And, although he is right that some people may well be able to drive home over the limit, I disagree that it should be allowed under law...because "Alcohol is a different ball game, It's about mental and physical tolerance".

    See?...It was there in the writing, friend ;)
  14. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,311   +1,404

    I'm a bit sensitive about the issue since I was almost in an accident a few nights ago with those "circumstances."
  15. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    "Distractions affect driving performance" and "Texting likely increases crash risk more than cell phone use."
    Well hot damn, you really do learn something everyday. I often wonder why companies create studies for the obvious
  16. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,186   +469

    Probably because unless there is some kind of documentation or study a lot of people won't believe it.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    Somehow, it still doesn't justify paying people to state the blatantly obvious. Then too, most people think they know more than the study.

    Myself, I hope LSD makes a comeback. At least with that, you stopped a half block before the red light, instead of parading right through it.

    Well, either that or amphetamines. After all, they give those to fighter pilots to keep them sharp.
  18. Butch

    Butch TS Enthusiast Posts: 112

    I agree that laws should be be much tougher for people who use cell phones in the car... for everyone except me that is...
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    Well Butch, what makes you special? (Don't answer, that was a rhetorical question).
    OK, I agree with you about bears. But, are you absolutely certain that the pope is Catholic? He could have very well been saying that to get himself elected. This is true of all political endeavors.
  20. Butch

    Butch TS Enthusiast Posts: 112

  21. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 781   +235

    Ecstasy is growing, which is technically an amphetamine
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    Presantamos......"E".....MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine)....!

    Indeed it is, you're the first person that I've encountered that has acquiesced to that. Most are in denial. "Just because it says it's meth in the name, that doesn't make me a speed freak". Oh really....:suspiciou And another, "please spare me the rest of this drivel", registers in my tired, jaded, old mind.
  23. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 616   +176

    "Tee study found that the other 75% of accidents were broken up evenly between the elderly, teenagers, and stupid people."
  24. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 265

    72% of Americans think they're above average drivers.
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    For years and years, I asked everybody I spoke with about car accidents, "whose fault was it"? Nobody ever said it was theirs, it was always the other guy. I suppose with those stats, you could say that 100% of Americans, are blameless in the nations highway carnage. That way that went, it was very easy to conclude that the "average car driver" who was involved in an accident, was "lying ".

    Unfortunately, I was involved in a total wreck of my brand new Blazer, and it wasn't my fault! There I was, serially victimized, by another driver, and my own axiom!

    (It really wasn't my fault, honest. Some imbecile in the throes of an epileptic seizure crossed over the center line and hit me head on doing about 50, while I was driving in the correct lane. I tried to avoid him, but a guardrail on the right prevented it).

    So let's see, what have we learned? Epileptic seizures are more distracting than cell phones while driving. But, more studies need to be done to determine the exact severity of the differential. Then too, there's the complication that very few people are epileptics, while nearly everybody, (except me), has a cell phone.

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