January 25, 2007

Driving while Calling/Texting. Teenagers don't get the message

teenagedriving.gif A new study says teenagers cell phones and their noisy friends -- combined with their lack of driving experience -- add up to a deadly mix that causes thousands of fatal crashes a year. Traffic accidents are now the number one killer of America's teens. AP reports.

"... More than 90 percent of high school students who were surveyed reported teens driving while text-messaging or driving with passengers who are just "acting wild.

Teens do seem to be getting the word about not drinking and driving. But today's study says that message should be expanded to include distractions."

"Cell phone and driving dont mix" campaigns aimed at teenagers are not nearly widespread enough. The message should be hammered. Who will step up?, wireless operators, cell phone manufacturers, government bodies in charge of road safety.

Studies show as early as 1997 that being on a cell phone while driving is a dangerous distraction.

The Victorian government launched "an awarness campaign in 2004. Check it out!

Related:

-- Cellphone talkers as bad as drunk drivers: study - People who talk on cellphones while driving, even using "hands-free" devices, are as impaired as drunk drivers, researchers said in June 2006.

-- Young Drivers More At Risk With Phone - A 2003 study by University of Utah researchers found it was more dangerous to use a cell phone behind the wheel than it was to drive drunk.

-- Lab findings suggest reason cell phones and driving don't mix - The reason talking on a cell phone makes drivers less safe may be that the brain can't simultaneously give full attention to both the visual task of driving and the auditory task of listening, a 2005 study by a Johns Hopkins University psychologist suggests.

-- Talk, talk, drive, talk - A 1997 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that drivers talking on a cell phone (hand-held or hands-free) were four times more likely to have an accident than other motorists.

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