You are failing to see the lack of comprehensiveness in those studies. Using similar methodology, we can easily make clinical/statistical study to prove that eating and drinking distract one from breathing. In fact, millions of people choke every year, hundreds if not thousands of them die because of choking on food or drink. Does that mean we should ban all food and drinks? Sure, there are gluts who can not stop eating or drinking; a 500lbs person choking on his/her food would seem an iconic poster-child for the cause to ban food, in the eyes of the really gullible.
What all these studies fail to cover is the overall positive consequence of an action despite momentary detriment directly associated with the action itself: eating food does impose a non-zero choking risk; yet, eating food also enables you to have the energy to breathe later. Likewise, using a cellphone for a 1min call may indeed distract the person for 1min, but a call to notify a waiting counter-party may well help the driver avoid the need to speed or be anxious for the next 20 minutes of driving; heck, if it's the "honey, can you pick up the milk on the way?" variety of timely call answering, a 15sec call may well help the driver avoid a 15min round trip drive altogether! Staying off road is the ultimate traffic safety, and the only form of vehicle safety where traffic accident risk is actually reduced to zero!
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- Cellphones and driving, Noel , Wed, 14 Dec 2011 06:28:12
- Re: Cellphones and driving, Craig, Thu, 15 Dec 2011 10:40:55
- Here's a Study with N > 100,000,000, Reality, Wed, 14 Dec 2011 18:50:54
- doesn't matter anyway, ryan, Wed, 14 Dec 2011 12:42:45
- Re: Cellphones and driving, JohnA , Wed, 14 Dec 2011 06:36:40
- Re: Cellphones and driving, JerseySaab , Wed, 14 Dec 2011 07:48:41
- I suspect the research is less than accurate., Noel , Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:16:47
- Re: I suspect the research is less than accurate., Judge Edo, Wed, 14 Dec 2011 17:56:22
- Re: I suspect the research is less than accurate., Simon S, Wed, 14 Dec 2011 14:46:13
- The truth - do your own test, nwas, Wed, 14 Dec 2011 13:15:28
- Re: I suspect the research is less than accurate., JerseySaab , Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:36:11
- Re: Cellphones and driving, JohnA , Wed, 14 Dec 2011 07:56:05
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