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Study: Mobile Phone Users Worse Than Drunk Drivers

Study: Mobile Phone Users Worse Than Drunk Drivers
It took mobile users half-a-second longer to react than normal, and one-third of a second longer than when they had been drinking.
They were also less able to maintain a constant speed and found it harder to keep a safe distance from the car in front. Participants in the study stated that they found it easier to drive drunk than when using a cell phone.
Here's the fun quote:
"Eventually," said Dominic Burch, road safety campaign manager at Direct Line, "we would like to see the use of mobile phones when driving, both hand-held and hands-free, become as socially unacceptable as drink driving."
Nice graphic Here that explains the time/distance it takes to stop. That fraction of a second = +46 feet stopping time over normal, and +33 over being drunk. More Here and The Full Report[PDF].
posted by Blake on Mar 24, 2002 - 61 comments

Erotigo's

Erotigo's got the goods for your sexy mobile lifestyle. Now: Which of you's got a subscription? We want details!
posted by Su on Feb 25, 2002 - 10 comments

I think I'm turning Japanese I really think so

I think I'm turning Japanese I really think so Someday, the cell phone will be the only contraption I use. (Hopefully in this century.)
posted by Voyageman on Jan 29, 2002 - 30 comments

Carriers Aim to Kill Number Portability

Carriers Aim to Kill Number Portability - Large cell phone carriers are trying to squash a requirement that they allow consumers to switch services and still keep their same phone number. This would allow them to continue providing low levels of customer service, coverage, and quality.
posted by jeblis on Jan 17, 2002 - 23 comments

Sprint sets this summer for nationwide 3G launch in US

Sprint sets this summer for nationwide 3G launch in US Huh ??? Everywhere in Europe, which is supposedly so much more advanced, the talk is how far off the 3G roll out is, how carriers may go under because of the prices paid for spectrum, how hand sets won't be available, how it will take years to make any money. I mean, the best they can currently do is 76,000 people on the 30-mile by 10-mile Isle of Man. Yet a nationwide 3G network in the US this summer ? We should be so lucky. It's hard enough for the phone companies to get DSL to work. (PS Voicestream's 2.5G GPRS service in NYC does work well most of the time.)
posted by Voyageman on Jan 10, 2002 - 8 comments

Singapore bans divorce via SMS.

Singapore bans divorce via SMS. I think what weirds me out most about this is that apparently it's still legal in Dubai... and not infrequent.
posted by louie on Dec 20, 2001 - 5 comments

CellManners.com:

CellManners.com: "A site devoted to promoting civility between cell phone users and the people around them." Don't miss the Cell Slang. (Brought to my attention by NY Times article "Cell Yell: Why Do Phone Calls Turn Into Broadcasts?")
posted by Carol Anne on Nov 23, 2001 - 20 comments

Anyone starting to play NokiaGame?

Anyone starting to play NokiaGame? It incorporates all forms of communication (web, cellphone, tv and radio) to guide you thru an interactive adventure game in loads of countries, and has loads and loads of players... anyone had good/bad experiences? I played last year - got shamelessly addicted...
posted by wibbler on Nov 3, 2001 - 2 comments

Sacrifice your mobile?

Sacrifice your mobile? Not sure if the US of A is gripped by the text epidemic sweeping Europe, but this sounds a bit different. What messages would you send? (Clean ones please!)
posted by snowgoon on Oct 15, 2001 - 15 comments

This weekend's DialTones is yet another fascinating "found sound" performance. (Let's just hope Andras Schiff's not in attendance.)
posted by Fofer on Aug 29, 2001 - 3 comments

Sick of ringing cell phones?

Sick of ringing cell phones? Then cheaply and effectively jam the signals with a device like the Wave-Shield pocket jammer. They're illegal in the U.S., but that's not stopping some people.
posted by waxpancake on Jul 26, 2001 - 38 comments

9 out of 10 Brit Kids Have Cell Phones...

9 out of 10 Brit Kids Have Cell Phones... and 8 out of 10 have tumors the size of oranges above their right ear. Beer with school lunches and now cell phones for kids?

What happened to tying up the phone line for hours and hours til mom turns red?
posted by jennak on Jul 2, 2001 - 7 comments


Call for directions, get cancer...

Call for directions, get cancer...
posted by fooljay on Jun 26, 2001 - 5 comments

WAP is dead.

WAP is dead. Can the Mobile Services Initiative make the wireless Web really useful?
posted by tranquileye on Jun 13, 2001 - 19 comments

Before you get that cell phone

Before you get that cell phone check to see where the tantalum inside it comes from. You could be funding a civil war in the Congo.
posted by kliuless on Jun 6, 2001 - 4 comments

Palm Vx & cell phone combo

Palm Vx & cell phone combo has swept the streets of New York ... the Verizon stores sell out of them within hours of each shipment's arrival. I was one of the first, and I am, by and large, extremely satisfied ... more within.
posted by MattD on Apr 10, 2001 - 22 comments

Has the marriage of Palm and cellphone finally happened?

Has the marriage of Palm and cellphone finally happened? I want one! But $500?
posted by darren on Mar 15, 2001 - 19 comments

The next must have tech gadget

The next must have tech gadget is on its way this fall. Sure it probably weighs 50 pounds, but it's just too damn sweet not to get.
posted by physics on Feb 27, 2001 - 15 comments

Cell phones linked to eye cancer.

Cell phones linked to eye cancer.
posted by tiaka on Jan 15, 2001 - 7 comments

Cell Phone Guns Discovered.

Cell Phone Guns Discovered. “We find it very, very alarming,” says Wolfgang Dicke of the German Police union. “It means police will have to draw their weapons whenever a person being checked reaches for their mobile phone.”
posted by pnevares on Dec 5, 2000 - 70 comments

While I originally thought that this was a joke, in the 11/14 print version of Business2.com mentions that they will be shipping and receiving "the goods" via WAP enabled phones. Aww jeah!
posted by thc on Oct 27, 2000 - 1 comment

Headcheese?!

Headcheese?! According to Wired's Infoporn, if you are the unlucky sap who own's an analog Sanyo SCP-4000 the you run the risk frying yoru brain. Perhaps if we all looked to the future for handy solutions, our problems would be solved.
posted by Brilliantcrank on Sep 13, 2000 - 8 comments

Is this the real reason some people hate cellphones?

Is this the real reason some people hate cellphones?
posted by thirdball on Jul 13, 2000 - 15 comments

The August 2000 issue of Wired points readers to Tokyo Motor Trenz (site doesn't appear to be working at the moment), a small store in SF that will "trick out" your Nokia cell phone for you. Glow-in-the-dark buttons, clear plastic cases, LCD "tattoos", funky antennas, etc.
posted by jkottke on Jul 12, 2000 - 2 comments

Kill all the phones. Kill all the phones.

Kill all the phones. Kill all the phones.
posted by alan on Jul 11, 2000 - 10 comments

Cell phone spammers

Cell phone spammers will be hated more than email spammers, but I just hope someone stops Plugout.com before some competitors think it's a good idea.
posted by mathowie on Apr 11, 2000 - 3 comments

Not Quite fast enough.
I sent the weblogbiosphere link to Matt's cellphone, so that he could include this important milestone in the sxswweblogpaneldiscussion, but he'd already turned it off. Oh well... so much for wireless contributions to the greater body of weblogknowledge.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe on Mar 14, 2000 - 0 comments

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