And a government cover-up is better? 😐
And…the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, decided not to make public hundreds of pages of research and warnings about the use of phones by drivers — in part, officials say, because of concerns about angering Congress.
Help me out — why would that make Congress mad?
“We’re looking at a problem that could be as bad as drunk driving, and the government has covered it up,” said Clarence Ditlow, director of the Center for Auto Safety.
Here we go again. Somebody is going to tell me I can’t carry on a conversation while I’m driving. Come to think of it, I don’t talk much while I’m driving. I don’t drink much either.
The highway safety researchers estimated that cellphone use by drivers caused around 955 fatalities and 240,000 accidents over all in 2002.
That is astounding, but how do they go about estimating such things?
The research mirrors other studies about the dangers of multitasking behind the wheel. Research shows that motorists talking on a phone are four times as likely to crash as other drivers, and are as likely to cause an accident as someone with a .08 blood alcohol content.
So, just add a new dimension to DUI. Maybe something along the lines of Driving Under the Influence of Conversation.
Wait a minute — why am I wasting my time here again????!!!! 🙁
One more thing: Will the time come when we attach drunk driving stigma to distracted driving?
Read the rest of the New York Times story here: In 2003, U.S. Withheld Data Showing Cellphone Driving Risks.