Old_Honky - 1:35 am on Aug 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
Using a phone, or eating a sandwich when you are driving is about as dangerous as changing stations on your radio, making a selection on your CD player, following your sat nav, sneezing, smoking, drinking water, talking to a passenger, complaining out loud to yourself about other drivers (probably swearing), checking the time, looking at a pretty woman (or man depending on your preference) walking by,reading roadside advertising, not wearing sunglasses, putting on sunglasses etc., etc.
By using statistics you can label virtually any in car non-driving activity as a major cause of accidents, when the only real cause of accidents is just bad driving.
Beware statistics for instance according to Wikipedia:
In the United States the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 17,941 people died in 2006 in alcohol-related collisions, representing 40% of total traffic deaths in the US.
So 60% of deaths are caused by drivers who haven't had a drink. So why is so much money spent on don't drink and drive campaigns when we should be targeting the sober drivers who are a bigger problem than the drunks.
The above is just as logical as blaming mobile phones.
PS. I get really annoyed with "Baby on Board" signs, I drive carefully all the time, I'm not going to drive extra carefully because somebody may or may not (they never take the signs out when they are on their own)be transporting their treasured offspring. The very idea is risible.