>In a message dated 1/14/2007 1:50:21 PM Mountain Standard Time,
>I believe (though am not certain) the law in Massachusetts is like
>that now. I argue this is not a good solution, enforceable or not.
>The problem isn't the hands not used for driving, it's the mind not
>used for driving.
I totally agree with the following, but then again, we don't get into
the car, and when bored, immediately decide to rehash last night's
argument with the wife! As to talk radio, since it is not interactive,
you can ignore it while driving. As to dailing the radio, I had it
hammered into me when learning to drive, don't do it! A Honda Accura
Ledgend coupe I had, had a station tuner that was positioned such that
you did not even have to take your hands from the steering wheel to
change stations. Pretty cool. And a conversation on the cell phone is
far more demanding than listening to a radio program, or even a
conversation in the car, because with an adult converastion at least,
both are likely watching the road.
I have a bunch of studies that show that one's attention, as measured by
reaction times, is roughly twice as slow as if legally drunk (0.10%)
when driving while talking on a cell phone. Roughly translated, this
means that for stop lights, stop signs, someone else entering or leaving
the highway, brake lights in front going on, someone changing lanes,
etc. it takes the idiot twice as long to know what's happening. How many
accidents does this enable? Or as the person above said, "The problem
isn't the hands not used for driving, it's the mind not used for driving."
>The same is true for tuning the radio, listening to the news too intently,
>worrying about that problem at work, or arguing with the wife. There are
>numerous ways the mind can wander and not pay attention to driving. The only
>complete solution would be mass transit for all or us are autopilots for all
>cars..;=)...we can never be completely safe in our cars on the road.
>Ya drives yer car and ya takes yer chances.
>Robert B. Houston
>Texan in New Mexico
>As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg
>carburetors in his vintage Triumph, highly functional yet pleasingly formed,
>perched prominently on top of the intake manifold, aching for experienced
>hands, the small knurled caps of the oil dampeners begging to be inspected
>described in chapter seven of the shop manual.
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