All Distractions (But Especially Cell Phones) Dangerous To Drivers
from the cell-phones,-for-example dept
Yet another study is out, touting the fact that distractions impair one's driving ability. This should be really obvious to anyone who has ever taken driver's ed, since it's one of the first things they teach you. But of course there has to be something specific to blame, and predictably it's the cell phone. Actually, the study states that every distraction from putting on makeup to drowsiness is quite dangerous, but CNN.com makes it clear that technology is the real villain, by running an ominous picture of a driver dialing a cell phone. No doubt, this will help add to the growing list of states trying to regulate or ban cell phone use while driving. Perhaps the reason that cell phones take so much blame is that their use is visible and verifiable. It's hard to prove that someone was too drowsy to be driving, or that they had just reached their hand into the backseat to spank their kid. Like the regulations they inspire, these studies seem more about publicity and scaring people, than in doing anything to lessen the danger of driving.