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WxVette

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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 7:05:13 AM

A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.

This one did not distinguish between handheld and hands-free devices — a major weakness.

And even though talking doesn't require drivers to take their eyes off the road, it's hard to talk on a phone without first reaching for it or dialing a number —things that raise the risk of a crash, researchers note.

Earlier work with simulators, test-tracks and cellphone records suggests that risky driving increases when people are on cellphones, especially teens. The 15-to-20-year-old age
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2014 12:03:45 AM

too bad common sense has left the building and parents no longer teach empathy or right/wrong to their offspring.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 5:48:29 AM

samson: laws can be on books all they want, if they are not enforced or otherwise ignored, there's nothing the rest of us can do.
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Wsamson7121
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 11:14:56 AM

I am not shocked nor surprised to read that young drivers are one of the two groups that are most likely to get into a crash.

Here in California, young drivers are not allowed to use their cell phone while driving. It's a big fat NO NO here. They aren't even allowed to use hands free devices. That too is also against the law here.

I have heard at least several other states that has this law.
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Point__man
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 6:36:48 AM

It's a rat race; that has developed across the years. Why people can not live without a cell phone, I just do not understand. I don't have one and 90% of the time am glad I do not ;)
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C.Carpets
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:23:41 AM

Car of tomorrow.
Breath into tube & fasten Seat Belt before it will start
Camera in car will watch you
Cell Phone = Ticket
Change radio station = Ticket
Turn around yell at kids in back seat = Ticket
Smoke with kids in car = Ticket
32 oz soda = Ticket
Stare at pretty girl outside car = Ticket
Scratch where the sun don't shine = Ticket
Or buy a car that drives itself.

[Edited by: C.Carpets at 1/3/2014 12:27:52 AM EST]
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unicornpmb
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:14:45 AM

Very true.
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N5EXY
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:08:07 AM

Kinda big brother-ish. Prohibit smoking and other distractions also.
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mlmeng
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:07:22 AM

If you need to talk or text, pull off the road. This isn't rocket science.
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winks44
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:07:21 AM

Drivers need to use their brains.
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arizona182004
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:06:53 AM

it's almost as if it makes sense...
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Toppers
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:05:56 AM

Scary!
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rahcat
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:03:50 AM

Who would have thunk.
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speedraider
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:03:36 AM

yep
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zimowski
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:03:32 AM

not new news
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bolobill
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:02:55 AM

ok
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Bigwaynef
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:02:27 AM

Try doing all that and be drunk at the same time...
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Becky_Gelke
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:01:32 AM

You think?
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johnny81356
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:01:16 AM

stop everything but driving
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troutbum7
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:01:04 AM

Who does not know this! Just stop doing it if these idiots are caught just revoke their licenses simple solution and a bunch of new pedestrians not burning gasoline.
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DragonLady76
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:57:32 PM

DRIVE SAFE EVERYBODY!
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SparkieMi
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:56:12 PM

Common sense!!!! Pay attention to your driving!!!!
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CentaurChiron
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:54:35 PM

GIRLS should read this...
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chocolate48114
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:54:18 PM

Seriously? It took a "sophisticated, real-world study" to come to this conclusion?
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SpankyMI
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:54:00 PM

I bet it would have the same results if the driver was reading a book or a newspaper!
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ScottTee
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:53:58 PM

Ahh yeah...
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Buddy2264
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:53:16 PM

We know this yet we keep doing it, so ban it while driving in all states, or make it lock out when the car is running....
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kcboy
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:52:22 PM

Really we all should know this by now.
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clermont40miles
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:50:17 PM

Straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel.
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Jeannemarie
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:48:49 PM

Not smart. I do not have a cell phone however my car is capable of talking via a Bluetooth (shame on you, go to the dentist) setup. I am totally confused by that.

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bre62
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:48:48 PM

It rasies people auto insurance.
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Marson
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:46:52 PM

Really?
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WheresMyTruck
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:45:22 PM

You do realize that most cellphone users do not know what dialing is, right?
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tidalwave3
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:44:31 PM

I've had more near miss collision with people on the phone... talking
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Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:44:21 PM

okay.
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oldiesman
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:44:17 PM

A big No No.
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badharley
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:42:59 PM

Put the phone down while driving.
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eeek
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:42:40 PM

they need a study for this?
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BirdMn
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:41:28 PM

Just Hang Up & Drive!!
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dld1295
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:41:27 PM

O what news
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HizznHerz
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:39:11 PM

you are kidding, right??????
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dmvs
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:34:58 PM

One word: DUH!
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STLCARDSNATION
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:34:57 PM

Everyone should already know this! STOP talking and playing on your cell while driving, you may not care about your car and life so much, but many of us do care. So be smarter than that ok.
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:34:49 PM

K
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Jb4588
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:31:38 PM

Ok
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WIWalt
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:30:06 PM

Nothing on that phone is worth risking being responsible for a death of another person or yourself wait till you pull over to see what it is about! It is usually just nonsense like whats up or where you at if they are called smart phones the gps on it should be able to recognize that & automatically send a message back saying You are driving!
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cssco
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:29:55 PM



YES
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mdskier
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:28:35 PM

Duh!
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PrettyLittleLady
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:28:18 PM

I have seen several women applying makeup, & others eating..driving w/one hand. When my mom calls I hold the phone down & tell her I'm driving & I'll call her when I get home, or I'll have my husband call her.
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ROCKERDUDE
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:26:48 PM

Use common sense people!
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ningvoy
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:26:17 PM

Ok
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