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September 01, 2007

Cell phones, driving

Regarding the “hang up and drive” discussion: If we’re going to say people can’t use their cell phones while driving, then you better not talk to passengers in the car, have teenagers in the backseat, sing to the radio (better yet, don’t listen to the radio), or think about what you’re going to do once you get to the office.

Concentrate only on driving. The brain is a simple organ and cannot do more than one thing at a time. And, for heaven’s sake, keep your hands at 10 and 2!

Debbie Winstone



I'm surprised no one took issue with the letter writer's comment, "The brain is a simple organ and cannot do more than one thing at a time." That statement is so filled with oxymora it strains my brain (pun intended).


Debbie and NoMore must be a cell-phoning drivers. They're defensive enough.

Over the years I have seen drivers putting on makeup, reading, etc., but very rarely.

Yet the other day, while waiting to cross a downtown KC street, four out of seven cars that passed had drivers talking on cell phones. That's about average for my observations in KC and the suburbs.

And when I am following a car that wanders from one lane to another, yep, 98 percent of the time the driver is on the phone.

Research at the University of Utah indicates drivers talking on cell phones are as impaired as drunks behind the wheel.


The other distractions Debbie and NoMore mentioned don't have the same effect as downing 2-3 beers in an hour.

I have a cell phone, but I never answer it while driving. No phone call is important enough to risk an accident.


Then there are those who spend their time watching other drivers rather than traffic.


Cell phones are not the problem they are made out to be. No more of a problem than women putting pn make-up, the yuppie sports analyst reading USA Today, the multi-tasking yuppie executive, working on their blackberry, eating the bagle and sipping their $4 Starbucks.

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