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Posted Aug 27, 2012 23:54 UTC (Mon) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
Also, if they are cracking down on no-phone rules, are they cracking down on all other questionable driving habits as well? if so, is it possible that that part of the crackdown is the cause of any decrease in the accident rate?
Posted Aug 28, 2012 0:15 UTC (Tue) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
Of course, it can be a result of the general crackdown. However, phones are clearly a contributing factor in a significant number of sever accidents.
Posted Aug 28, 2012 1:11 UTC (Tue) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
I don't think that anyone disputes that some people drive significantly worse while talking on the phone, or that this results in some accidents.
The dispute comes when you assume that banning phones will significantly reduce accidents.
So far it appears that this isn't the case.
P.S. A law against something bad that everyone ignores is worse than not having a law against that same something, it encourages people to think of the law as something that doesn't really mean much, and it leads to people looking at cases where laws are enforced with the slant of "why were they really out to get that person"
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