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Hang up and drive

Hang up and drive

Date: Sep 07 2007

Themes: Health

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Americans love to multitask. You’ll see them reading and eating or cooking and watching TV. Sometimes you see people driving and talking on the phone. Well, usually you see these people heading rapidly toward you, blabbing away, blind to the fact that you exist.

Needless to say, driving and talking on the phone can be pretty dangerous. In fact, Kevin almost died at the hands of a driver on the phone. Listen to him tell Amanda about it.

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Kevin

Kevin

Amanda

Amanda

Kevin:  So I’m running the other day, and some idiot in a Chevy Suburban was on his cell and almost runs me over and then honks at me.

Amanda:  How do you feel about that? Do you ever talk on our cell phone when you’re driving, ever?

Kevin:  I don’t own a car.

Amanda:  Oh, so I guess that’s a no. You know, I feel the same way because there’s some statistic that said when you’re on a cell phone, whether you’re holding it or you have the little Bluetooth, it’s about as bad as having three cocktails.

Kevin:  Really?

Amanda:  That’s how much it affects your judgment when you’re driving as far as your response time, and when you think about it that way or look at it that way, it’s pretty scary.

Kevin:  And you know, you just see people doing it all the time, you know, it’s really ridiculous. Do you do it?

Amanda:  Only if I’m going about 20 miles an hour or less, that’s the general rule for me. But you know what’s tough too is texting. People will keep their phone down on the fly and be texting like crazy, not looking ahead…

Kevin:  Which to me seems worse because you have to be looking down at the screen, whereas if you’re talking at least you can hold it at the side.

Amanda:  Absolutely. But I think the reason they’re doing that is to be stealth so that they can communicate without other drivers seeing that they’re actually on the phone.

Kevin:  Might as well be reading a book.

Amanda:  Pretty much. Or shaving.

 

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Discussion

Kevin was out running the other day when someone almost ran him over with his very large car. Then the driver had the nerve to honk at Kevin. He probably had no idea what was going on because he was on his phone the whole time.

Amanda says that according to a study, talking on the phone while driving is just as bad as drinking three cocktails and getting behind the wheel. Since drunk driving illegal and widely regarded as a very bad thing to do, Amanda and Kevin agree that talking on the phone and driving is very dangerous.

Nonetheless, Amanda talks on the phone sometimes when she’s driving, but only when she’s going really slow. But that’s not as bad as texting and driving, which is something Amanda has seen people do. She thinks they do it because unlike talking on the phone, the other drivers can’t necessarily see you texting. Kevin thinks texting and driving is much worse than talking and driving. He jokes that it’s as bad as reading a book behind the wheel. Amanda says it’s as bad as shaving on the road.

What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever seen someone do while driving?

 

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liu jiao li

China

Every day around us in a variety of traffic accidents, drivers careless driving Why? ? ? FrownI think it is important that when we are driving we should concentrate energy . it is good for the safety not only ourselves but also other people . While not the best course of…

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07:50 AM Sep 08 2007 |

liu jiao li

China

I think it is important that when we are driving we should concentrate energy . it is good for the safety not only ourselves but also other people . While not the best course of the phone_

07:37 AM Sep 08 2007 |

Mirko

Mirko

Germany

In Germany crashed a woman in the year 2006 with 180 km/h into a police car, because she was sending a message. Two police officers died.

I think there is nothing more to say about this!!!!

06:58 AM Sep 08 2007 |

shahriarheydari

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Here do any other things while driving
is illegal …

05:59 AM Sep 08 2007 |

tripham

Viet Nam

calling while behind the wheel it is terrible dangerous, it may cause accident and injure people.therefore, we must not use cell phone when driving.

03:45 AM Sep 08 2007 |

sweet daffodil

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

we have to ignore our bad habits as soon as possible

11:50 PM Sep 07 2007 |

sweet daffodil

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

As all of our friends mentioned and every body knows for sure it is not safe to do such a thing, but there’s some thing else that we have not to forget,” action talks louder than words”....so come on, really not do it!

11:47 PM Sep 07 2007 |

ekidz220

ekidz220

China

driving and talking at the same time should be banned. these reckless drivers obvious have no concerns for others. 

08:54 PM Sep 07 2007 |

shaki

shaki

Pakistan

yes obviously one can do only one thing at the same time correctly,if he/she doesn't pay attention at what he/she is doing the work would get spoild

04:33 PM Sep 07 2007 |

mutawa

Ghana

talking on cell phone while driving is what i say disastrous.the life of both the driver and the pedestrian is at danger.the concentration may be lost and the subsiquent veering off road.

04:20 PM Sep 07 2007 |

mutawa

Ghana

talking on cell phone while driving is what i say disastrous.the life of both the driver and the pedestrian is at danger.the concentration may be lost and the subsiquent veering off road.

04:20 PM Sep 07 2007 |

Blue-Smile

Blue-Smile

Switzerland

In our country we get a heavy fine if we talking on the phone in the car!

03:59 PM Sep 07 2007 |

zeus2006

zeus2006Super Member!

Turkey

Yeah,talking on the phone and driving!!!!it’s same with to get drunk,to be mad,to get sleep.One day you will learn how it is dangerous but after to crash in to a wall!!!!!I hope I’s wall,no alives(Humans,animals and plants)!!!!!!

02:02 PM Sep 07 2007 |

setayesh

setayesh

Afghanistan

cool lesson , thanks

01:53 PM Sep 07 2007 |

setayesh

setayesh

Afghanistan

I agree with all friends here.

we can see the trend of people who talk on cell phone when they driving increased substantially.

moreover , they are not aware of the fact and needless to say driving and talking on the phone can be pretty dangerous.

01:51 PM Sep 07 2007 |

naddito

naddito

Saudi Arabia

i think one shouldnt do this.if he doesnt care about his life at least he has to care about others who maybe endangered by his carelesnessWink

01:10 PM Sep 07 2007 |

grega

Uganda

Its really abominabale  .it can make someone  make people  die.Its against the law in Uganda .

12:25 PM Sep 07 2007 |

Mercie

Kenya

I find it a crime I think such drivers should be punished/penalised

09:24 AM Sep 07 2007 |

Mercie

Kenya

I don't find it nice when drivers talk on the mobile while driving because they can cause accidents due to lack of road concentration

09:21 AM Sep 07 2007 |

FeiFei

FeiFei

China

everyday i see many people driving and talking on the road.I am sure they are not realize of the fact that they could put other people in danger. Especially the bus driver, there are many passenger in the bus. If happening accident ,it have lots of passenger in hurt.So i hope the drivers don't do that to safe yourself and other people 

08:22 AM Sep 07 2007 |

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