Be sure to check out the Mayor's Road Safety website. How successful do you think their suggestion of asking drivers to turn off their cell phones before driving will be in reducing the numbers of active cell phone drivers? Do we need to do more? MUCH MORE?
Mayor's Road Safety Summit
Road Safety Summit - Distraction
Google image search - Cellphone drivers Seattle
"6,850 tickets given out from June 2010 to May 2011"
Washington State has about five million licensed drivers. Yet the Washington State Patrol notes it gave out 670 tickets to cell phone distracted drivers in the 20 days after the tougher penalties went into effect June 10, 2010. Even so had the ticketing of drivers continued at this rate a total of 12,060 cell phone drivers would have been ticketed. But the rate of ticketing for cell phone drivers actually decreased over the next year with a total of 6,850 tickets.
Amazingly, the State of Washington is missing its chance to obtain additional revenue while at the same time only increasing our road safety. Given the fact that the cell phone driving ticket is $124 the State of Washington missed it opportunity to collect $646,040 in addition tickets in the first year afte the new law was implemented.
Does it seem like less folks are talking on the cell phone while driving? Obvioulsy not, thus the State of Washington is not collecting a source of revenue it sorely needs. All this while improving road safety. Who would be against it?
"Talking on the cellphone asas impaired as drunk drivers..."
More than one study has shown that drivers talking on a cellphone, even using "hands-free" devices are as impaired as drunk drivers. In this 2006 study, when driving conditions and time on task were controlled for, the impairments associated with using a cell phone while driving were as profound as those associated with driving while drunk. An early University of Utah study (2003) found "when controlling for driving difficulty and time on task, cell-phone drivers exhibited greater impairment than intoxicated drivers."
A 2007 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study found that cell phone drivers were four times more likely to injure themselves or others while driving.
Tired of driving around Seattle and seeing one driver after another yapping on the cell phone? Tired of watching the police ignore the issue? Tired of hear about the Mayor's Road Safety Agenda when cell phone drivers ignore the issue?
July & Dec 2009 - New York Times
Drivers and Legislators Dismiss Cellphone Risks published July 19, 2009.
Promoting the Car Phone, Despite Risks published December 7, 2009.