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Research Heating Up on Distracted Driving – Cell Phone Use

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If you want to go on a diet, Google diet and see what comes up. You could spend all day trying to figure out which one of the millions of pages of information is right for you. On just about any subject on the planet, you can find any research or how to right at your fingertips. Amazing. However, if you want to read a book or read a study on the dangers of distracted driving, the library materials are minimal today.

For the past couple of years, I have spent a half day a week or so chatting with young drivers about the dangers of cell phone use and driving. I try to explain without sounding too old that cell phones are a relatively new technology. Maybe it's hard for them to comprehend life without them but I grew up without cell phones and most of the time I think I'm o.k. I have also said in hundreds of conversations that the jury is out on the research, there simply have not been that many on the subject of Distracted Driving.

I'm happy to see MIT doing research on the issue of driver distraction. I can't speak personally to losing a loved one from someone talking on their phone or texting. My personal experience is that cell phone use and driving is a major distraction although I'm willing to concede there are many distractions while driving and that any one of them could result in a collision. Research indicating drivers are distracted doesn't minimize the discussion – it adds to it and I'm in favor of all the research that can be done in this area.

Please read the latest article on the MIT research at http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-03-13/distracted-driving-research/53515552/1.

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Jeff Weinstein, Dallas injury lawyer