Thursday, February 26, 2015
Don't set yourself up to commit vehicle homicide: hang up and drive
Please stop making or answering phone calls while driving. Hands free or not.
It puts you and everyone else on the roads with you at as much risk as if you were driving impaired by alcohol.
There is ZERO evidence that hands-free telephone use while driving is any safer than holding the cell phone. Every single study, going back to the 90s has shown that the distraction caused by hands free phone calling is every bit as pervasive as using a regular cell phone while driving.
The hazard is not what you're doing with your hands,
it's what you're doing with your attention.
If you are a driver who talks on the phone while driving (rather than a passenger), please watch this video, and ask yourself what call you make that is worth killing someone to make.
Although this powerful documentary is about people who kill while texting,
THERE IS VERY LITTLE DIFFERENCE IN THE DEGREE OF IMPAIRMENT BETWEEN A DISTRACTED DRIVER DISTRACTED BY A PHONE CALL AND BY TEXTING.
That's not just me, that's what the data show.
I know there are fifty or five hundred people ready to tell me "what about adjusting the radio?" Or "what about people who eat while driving" etc. etc. and all I can say is that it is a FATAL mistake to not understand the difference in how humans actually behave in interactions with others (conversations or text exchanges) and how humans behave with inanimate things.
Please do not endanger the rest of us and set yourself up to be commit vehicular homicide.
If you are driving, please do not converse with people not in the same car with you by any means. Period. Your loved ones, and other peoples' loved ones will thank you.