Dads and Granddads – Biggest Cellphone Culprits while Driving

There comes a time when we should know better, a time to set a good example to others, yet despite how things should be, it’s all too often not how things are. So when it comes to safety behind the wheel, it seems that Dads and Granddads are spouting off about how others should do as they say and not as they do!

Cellphone DrivingIn Cape Town, South Africa, most drivers using mobiles while driving are men over 40. Often caught on their high-end Blackberry and Nokia Smartphones, these knob-heads are nowhere near as smart as their devices. In fact they’re a menace to themselves, other road users and pedestrians. But this is not a problem unique to SA.

Cellphone and Driving Stats

Every year around the world, there are countless deaths caused by drivers talking (and texting ), on the cellphone. Even though hands-free kits are cheap to buy and easy to use, these selfish motorists prefer to hand-hold their devices for reasons known only to them.

Still Dying for a Chat?

In the USA, at the time of writing, cell phone distraction causes around 2,600 deaths and 330,000 injuries every year according to the journal’s publisher, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Although the actual figures will most probably be far higher.

Middle-aged males blatantly disrespecting the law seems to be a global phenomenon, with move over 40’s men than any other age group, being the ones driving with mobile devices pressed up against their ears. Teens are the texting culprits, but it’s the dads and granddads who are the cellphone chatting offenders behind the wheel.

According to the National Safety Council, 28 percent of traffic accidents today involve talking and texting on a cell phone. Below is a PDF download of this report.

Read: State of the Nation of Cell Phone Distracted Driving

Most nations will by now have their own reports on this ever increasing danger.

They’re no better than Drunk Drivers. Are they?

So serious are the dangers of cell phone use while driving that analysts are likening it to that of drunk driving. Reports the world over have shown that motorists who talk on handheld Cellular phones are literally as impaired as drunken drivers.

And if this isn’t bad enough, it’s commonplace in some African and Asian countries to see motorcyclists using mobile devices while riding their bikes through busy city streets. The mind boggles sometimes, it really does!

Did you know this? It was back in 3 April 1973 that a company employee at Motorola named Martin Cooper, made a call in New York on a Motorola DynaTAC – dubbed a “Brick” due to its sheer weight and size. That was widely regarded as the world’s first ever public mobile phone call: View Image of Martin Cooper and the Brick here.

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