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Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Road Safety

Everytime Patrick & I get in our vehicle we think of road safety. Why? Because we don't want any accidents. We follow the laws, follow the speed limits, read the signs - but there's something we don't do and something you don't do either - it has directly to do with road safety. Follow us and I'll show you what it is.

When it comes to road safety, this is the other thing you need to consider. About five years ago there was a study that said that if you're on your portable phone while driving, you increase the risk of accidents by about eight times normal - whether it be hands-on or hands-off. Now, over the past few years for some reason many of us have been led to believe, that if we're using our portable phones with our hands-off there's no increased accident risk. Well, a recent study dispels that notion.

At the University of Utah they took 100 students and studied them with a simulator. They found that students using portable phones, whether they were handheld or not, had an increased accident rate. They called it inattention blindness, and it didn't occur, by the way, if you were talking to a passenger - only with a portable phone.

So when it comes to driving and accidents, consider all the rules of the road - including this, your portable phone - stay off it. If you have to make a call, pull over and make the call or wait until you get to where you're going to stop, because that's the way to do it. And if you don't, don't complain when your car insurance rates go up because of those accidents.

And I'm Dr David Vastola, and that's life.

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