Hands-free texting while driving results in 'extensive risk,' new U. study finds

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  • ken12s North Salt Lake, UT
    June 13, 2013 7:26 a.m.

    Let's just face the facts. Phones and driving just don't mix. But the government won't take action based on these test. Even if they did it would be hard to enforce. There are so many drivers doing anything but driving that all you can do is get in your car and roll the dice. Maybe you'll make it and maybe you won't!!

    June 12, 2013 4:23 p.m.

    Not sure I buy it. Statistics can be manipulated to say a lot of things. Talking is talking. If its talking to a machine? what about everyone yelling at the radio commentator? What about talk radio that not only distracts but causes serious emotional and stressful response. What about the mom who has a screaming infant or toddler in the car? Or a husband who is trying to drive with his wife nagging him? Where does that play into the study?

    The idea of multitasking as dangerous means we should also outlaw manual transmissions, cruise control, climate controls, GPS, windows controls, and the radios in cars. because every one of those actions requires a driver to multitask, take their eyes off the road or a hand off the steering wheel.

    Perhaps we can stop blaming inanimate objects and admit that most people simply can't drive well enough to be on the roads period.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2013 4:07 p.m.

    "Just because your car might support posting to Facebook while you're driving, it may not be a good idea."

    K, I'm fine with hands free... I really am. As long as it's COMPLETELY hands free to operate, like Microsoft Sync is, then it's like having someone else in the car. And if that amount of distraction is illegal then the laws are too intrusive to begin with.

    However, with that said...

    Facebook? Really? People love to post then view all the activity on their post. I'd be fine with it only if one wouldn't view any activity other than simply talking to post, etc.

    However, again...

    Do we REALLY need to be that connected?

    Oh! Hey everyone, I'm in the car now... guess what, now the bathroom... now I'm brushing my teeth.

    Sometimes this digital age is just too much. Those times are getting more frequent. Why are we letting the world of adolescent thinking dictate our digital trends? It's idiotic!

    No means no.

    NO! :)

  • milhouse Atlanta, GA
    June 12, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    Maybe smartphones should come with a UTA pass. At least until our computers are driving for us.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    June 12, 2013 5:35 a.m.

    That's a good way to describe task and focus and doing a job: mental workload. Its not something humans are able to use effectively and with safe results.

    The department of labor and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) who made all these studies long before colleges and the DMV got involved with the idea multitasking as an alternatives when it comes to focus and doing a job safely.

    I think the DMV and the State legislators should acquire a copy of this book from the library of congress as a free source of infromation on the relationship of humans and doing tasks or working on the job. Its full of information about job safety, worker safety, and human behavior in the world around them, including multitasking as dangerous.

    OSHA is the source of all federal and civil on the job safety standards for labor, owners, every job in the United States by domestic or foreign workers. It should also be required reading for employees and licensed buisness owner. Consumer safety laws are based on OSHA standards written in the 1970's and still true today. All the studies and testing is already done, just read this book.