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(CBS New York)   Survey says that one in four car crashes involve cellphones, taking phone surveys while driving   (newyork.cbslocal.com) divider line 21
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-03-29 08:00:09 AM
I don't feel like paying for the report to criticize it. I will, however, point out that 83.6% of the statistics in the report are not supported by sound methodology.
 
2014-03-29 08:31:08 AM
And every single one of them involved cars

/I think it's obvious it's cars that are the problem here
 
2014-03-29 09:01:49 AM
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2014-03-29 10:40:21 AM
"Involve" can be something as simple as... phone being used as a GPS, or passenger on cell phone, or text message came in during drive. It's simply a piss-poor effort by researchers with an agenda to blame cell phones for car accidents.

This is like the BS MADD-mandated "Alcohol-related" checkbox on State Police accident forms, where anybody, drivers, passengers (even drivers not causing the accidents) are questioned and if anybody had a drink that day, whether impaired or not, means the checkbox is checked.
 
2014-03-29 10:40:30 AM
You should lose your phone for life.
And your driving license.

Walk
Walk to a phone booth.

Fark you.
 
2014-03-29 10:40:41 AM
Which makes sense, since about 1 in 4 drivers are talking on cell phones.
 
2014-03-29 10:45:26 AM
I'm driving a school bus full of little league players while I type this so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2014-03-29 10:46:29 AM
I am on the I-80 enteringstate at the moment of this doing the drivjng and am having the kick of these replies. Learn for driving moran.
 
2014-03-29 10:50:10 AM
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On way, C U in 5
 
2014-03-29 10:55:39 AM
I work in Market Research, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

/Some individuals use statistics as a drunk man uses lamp-posts - for support rather than for illumination.
 
2014-03-29 10:58:29 AM
And yet if I have a single beer with dinner and then drive home, I'm worse than Hitler.
 
2014-03-29 10:59:03 AM
Amateurs, until you can drink, text & drive something something something.

/ still hungover from bar hopping
//driving now and eating a cheeseburger, it's ok cause I smoked a bowl to take the edge off
 
2014-03-29 11:00:38 AM
And then there are the accidents caused by overtaking people on cell-phones in one's red neck trophy truck and spinning out through the other lane of traffic in the what am I writing I don't care time to take a shower.
 
2014-03-29 11:21:24 AM

70Ford: On way, C U in 5


That looks more like:
"Sit your butt right d-"*CRAASH*


Phones can be dangerous, but I've found mostly that people that don't focus in general are the ones having accidents anyway; fiddling with radios, putting on makeup, actually cleaning the car and wiping it down...etc.


/ok, blood is coming out now
 
2014-03-29 11:27:12 AM

vudukungfu: You should lose your phone for life.
And your driving license.

Walk
Walk to a phone booth.

Fark you.


I think phone booths have gone the way of the 8-track, though.  Not too long ago the phone company just removed the last pay phone in my little hick town.

/when i was your age we didn't have cellphones, we put a couple of dimes into a phone
 
2014-03-29 11:32:43 AM

LesserEvil: "Involve" can be something as simple as... phone being used as a GPS, or passenger on cell phone, or text message came in during drive. It's simply a piss-poor effort by researchers with an agenda to blame cell phones for car accidents.

This is like the BS MADD-mandated "Alcohol-related" checkbox on State Police accident forms, where anybody, drivers, passengers (even drivers not causing the accidents) are questioned and if anybody had a drink that day, whether impaired or not, means the checkbox is checked.


I agree with the "involve" thing - I often use my cell to play podcasts during my commute, so I suppose any accident that's my fault will
"involve" my cell phone, even though I'm basically using it as a radio.

So yeah it's overblown, but distracted driving . . . not exactly safe, right?  What's the researchers' agenda?  What do they get out of blaming cell phones for every damn car accident?
 
2014-03-29 11:41:16 AM

AliceBToklasLives: LesserEvil: "Involve" can be something as simple as... phone being used as a GPS, or passenger on cell phone, or text message came in during drive. It's simply a piss-poor effort by researchers with an agenda to blame cell phones for car accidents.

This is like the BS MADD-mandated "Alcohol-related" checkbox on State Police accident forms, where anybody, drivers, passengers (even drivers not causing the accidents) are questioned and if anybody had a drink that day, whether impaired or not, means the checkbox is checked.

I agree with the "involve" thing - I often use my cell to play podcasts during my commute, so I suppose any accident that's my fault will
"involve" my cell phone, even though I'm basically using it as a radio.

So yeah it's overblown, but distracted driving . . . not exactly safe, right?  What's the researchers' agenda?  What do they get out of blaming cell phones for every damn car accident?


They get published and publicity. They get notoriety for being "behind" the study that caused legislation to be passed. The prestige translates into grants, tenure, and better pay.
 
2014-03-29 12:12:43 PM

LesserEvil: AliceBToklasLives: LesserEvil: "Involve" can be something as simple as... phone being used as a GPS, or passenger on cell phone, or text message came in during drive. It's simply a piss-poor effort by researchers with an agenda to blame cell phones for car accidents.

This is like the BS MADD-mandated "Alcohol-related" checkbox on State Police accident forms, where anybody, drivers, passengers (even drivers not causing the accidents) are questioned and if anybody had a drink that day, whether impaired or not, means the checkbox is checked.

I agree with the "involve" thing - I often use my cell to play podcasts during my commute, so I suppose any accident that's my fault will
"involve" my cell phone, even though I'm basically using it as a radio.

So yeah it's overblown, but distracted driving . . . not exactly safe, right?  What's the researchers' agenda?  What do they get out of blaming cell phones for every damn car accident?

They get published and publicity. They get notoriety for being "behind" the study that caused legislation to be passed. The prestige translates into grants, tenure, and better pay.


I can see that.  I would hope that peer reviewers would ask them to clarify the 'involve' bit, but I'll bet that happens anyways.  It's not like media present scientific studies in a comprehensive manner.  They go for the exciting part and skip the less exciting qualifiers.

/and sure researchers probably know and rely on this
 
2014-03-29 01:52:05 PM
http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2011/dec/13/driver-sent-11-texts-11-mi n utes-deadly-crash/

"And the Lord spake, saying, "First shalt thou take out the Holy Cell Phone. Then shalt thou text 11 texts in 11 minutes, no more, no less. Eleven shall be the number thou shalt text, and the number of the texting shall be eleven. Twelve shalt thou not text, neither text thou ten, excepting that thou then proceed to eleven. Once the number eleven, being the eleventh number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Text towards thy Best Bro, while those who drive beside you, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."

cbsnews2.cbsistatic.com
 
2014-03-29 04:18:34 PM
Sounds about right.  I wonder what the percentages in the other 3/4ths are.  It's definitely not limited to 3 more things.
 
2014-03-29 10:46:58 PM

cwolf20: Sounds about right.  I wonder what the percentages in the other 3/4ths are.  It's definitely not limited to 3 more things.


I have it on good authority slightly more than one half involve milk.

We need a prohibition on milk and dairy products.

Of course, 100% of those accidents involve gas, so maybe we should ban gasoline (Petrol for you British boffins).
 
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