28 percent of crashes tied to cell ph...

28 percent of crashes tied to cell phone use

There are 11 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jan 13, 2010, titled 28 percent of crashes tied to cell phone use. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Twenty-eight percent of all traffic accidents are caused when people talk on cell phones or send text messages while driving, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Safety Council.

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About time


#1 Jan 13, 2010
I've been ranting for a few years now about all the idiots trying to drive while talking on the phone. Look sometime and see that about 1/2 are doing it. It drives me nuts riding my motorcycle with these inattentive drivers putting my life at risk. It's about time somebody did something about it!!!!! Pull over to the side or something. I think it's a bad habit and some people talk on their phone whereever they are as they're arrogant and think they're oh so important. I say legislate it!! Also, what percent of crashes are alchohol related??? 28 percent warrants action.


#2 Jan 13, 2010
Well I did a search online and it said 40 percent of accidents are the result of alcohol so 28 percent is right up there. Heck, there's probably a sizable overlapping percent of those drunk and talking on the phone!

Hastings, MN

#3 Jan 13, 2010
And yet they will continue to give out DWI's like candy and ignore the people who are just as or more distracted and dangerous on there cell phones.
TVC 15

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Jan 13, 2010
The use of cell phones and similar electronic devices should be banned while operating motor vehicles.

Other activities, such as sleeping, copulating, doing crossword puzzles, self-hypnosis and pet grooming shouldn't be done while driving, so why should cell phones and pagers be allowed?
Outlaw it

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Jan 13, 2010
Need laws to ban all use while driving. Felony for causing accident! Wait, I forgot about the telecom lobby. Won't happen. Never mind.
Mrs R

Waconia, MN

#6 Jan 13, 2010
I really wish something could be done, but my time in the car is better for me as a person when I'm catching up with my friends and family. This is just something we will all have to agree to live with.

Since: Dec 09

Shenzhen, China

#7 Jan 14, 2010
Really bad news but true reality. The modern technology make it possibler for people to do their business in their car even while driving their cars. Bluetooth mobile phones do bring more convenience and safety to car driving but carefullnesss is a must especially for the drivers who are enjoying keeping up with their business with an advanced bluetooth cell phone while driving. after all, life is the priority!
Citizen Kane

Black River Falls, WI

#8 Jan 26, 2010
The most careless cell phone use I have personally witnessed is by young kids (notice I did not say adults). They are double dangerous because of their inexperience in driving, then they are careless enough to add talking on the phone, which conversations are more than likely unnecessary.
yeah sure

Burnsville, MN

#9 Jan 26, 2010
another example of people not being able to police themselves and now the government is going to do it for you. What will young women do when driving, pay attention to the road perhaps?
Bad Connection

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Jan 26, 2010
Mrs R wrote:
I really wish something could be done, but my time in the car is better for me as a person when I'm catching up with my friends and family. This is just something we will all have to agree to live with.
Your time will be better for you as a person when you will be sitting in jail for killing someone while you were on your phone. If you can't resist the urge to talk and drive simultainiously, then surrender your license you dumb cluck.

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Jan 26, 2010
When a victim of an accident brings the first successful lawsuit against a manufacture or provider of cellphones, you will see something being done to stop this stupidity. The technology exists now to disable a phone in the car. The quest for profits always includes the "cost of human life" factored in.
A large settlement will increase the cost and push the provider to stop the loss of profit.
See Ford Firestone rollovers......

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