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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 09:49 PM
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2. Holy crap! More...
Critics say that rationale and the failure of the Transportation Department, which oversees the highway agency, to more vigorously pursue distracted driving has cost lives and allowed to blossom a culture of behind-the-wheel multitasking.

Were 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.

The group petitioned for the information after The Los Angeles Times wrote about the research last year. Mother Jones later published additional details.

The highway safety researchers estimated that cellphone use by drivers caused around 955 fatalities and 240,000 accidents over all in 2002.

So how many more since 2002? :nuke:
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  -U.S. Withheld Data Showing Risks of Distracted Driving Jake Stillow  Jul-20-09 09:44 PM   #0 
  - Right, because a cellphone conversation (hands free)  Mythsaje   Jul-20-09 09:47 PM   #1 
  - You Must Be One of Those Lucky People  NashVegas   Jul-20-09 09:51 PM   #3 
  - To me there is no difference between the 2.  FREEWILL56   Jul-21-09 02:26 AM   #25 
     - And I should believe your anecdotal evidence over science WHY?  Odin2005   Jul-21-09 07:48 AM   #32 
  - Not bullshit - there is scientific evidence to back it up.  kath   Jul-20-09 09:54 PM   #4 
  - Yeah, because having your passenger yell "LOOK OUT" isn't a distraction  Mythsaje   Jul-20-09 10:30 PM   #10 
     - How about you read the research before drawing assumptions?  chascarrillo   Jul-20-09 11:24 PM   #11 
     - The person you replied to writes fantasy books - and apparently, lives in his own fantasy world as  lindisfarne   Jul-21-09 02:15 AM   #24 
     - For those who believe in science, rather than just their own close-minded opinions:  kath   Jul-21-09 12:24 AM   #16 
        - Deleted message  Name removed   Jul-21-09 01:15 AM   #20 
        - Thanks for those links. As you implied, some on DU are just hostile to the scientific method (& many  lindisfarne   Jul-21-09 02:13 AM   #23 
  - Wow. Can I touch you? I wish I was as important to the world as you.  Touchdown   Jul-21-09 12:15 AM   #15 
  - talking on a cellphone is as dangerous as driving drunk.  provis99   Jul-21-09 12:35 AM   #17 
  - Holy crap! More...  babylonsister   Jul-20-09 09:49 PM   #2 
  - I post on DU with my blackberry while I'm driving!  obliviously   Jul-20-09 09:56 PM   #5 
  - Driving really interferes with my texting, cellphone talking, and newspaper reading.  TheCowsCameHome   Jul-20-09 10:00 PM   #6 
  - It doesn't even make sense for Congress to want to  tblue37   Jul-20-09 10:14 PM   #7 
  - It's not who'd benefit, but solving another problem would be a  change_notfinetuning   Jul-21-09 01:04 AM   #18 
  - money!! yay!!  harmonicon   Jul-21-09 02:59 AM   #27 
  - K & R  chill_wind   Jul-20-09 10:16 PM   #8 
  - Kicked and Rec'd  Wednesdays   Jul-20-09 10:22 PM   #9 
  - I am so sick of  KT2000   Jul-20-09 11:45 PM   #12 
  - Oh, by the way  FlyingSquirrel   Jul-20-09 11:47 PM   #13 
  - Or texting while driving  WatchWhatISay   Jul-21-09 12:14 AM   #14 
  - give me liberty or give me death: don't fuck with my risk!!!  harmonicon   Jul-21-09 03:05 AM   #28 
  - In the past 5 years I've had many close calls (no pun intended)...  TommyPaine   Jul-21-09 01:06 AM   #19 
  - WRT cellphones, it makes no difference whether it is handheld or hands-free  kath   Jul-21-09 01:44 AM   #21 
     - Yeah, I shoulda said...  TommyPaine   Jul-21-09 02:30 AM   #26 
  - My very pregnant daughter and I almost hit by guy texting. He continued even after  Mnemosyne    Jul-21-09 02:08 AM   #22 
  - Report: Agency withheld distracted driver research  kpete   Jul-21-09 07:44 AM   #29 
  - Dupe  Mythsaje   Jul-21-09 07:44 AM   #30 
  - k&r n/t  orleans   Jul-21-09 07:44 AM   #31 
  - It was the Bush Administration...why? to sell,, cell phones...nt  Stuart G   Jul-21-09 08:15 AM   #33 
  - Republicans would love for Dems to restrict cell phone use in cars.  Festivito   Jul-21-09 08:44 AM   #34 
  - I bet most of those denying cell phone usage is a hazard use phones in their car  DJ13   Jul-21-09 12:17 PM   #35 
  - Yeppers - in one story I read, an OK legislator voted against a bill banning  kath   Jul-21-09 05:00 PM   #37 
  - A large chunk of people can't drive period  snooper2   Jul-21-09 01:38 PM   #36 

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