NBC's Brian Williams always cracks me up. Outside of Fox News folks, he has to be one of the most alarmist anchors on TV today. When teasing a reporter yesterday about a new study on the safety of driving with a cell phone, Williams said, "Find out what could be putting your family in danger!" OK, Brian, I'm not a fan of driving with a cell phone by any means, but you make it sound like we're talking about the next ebola virus here. I realize fear-mongering is rampant in the media these days, but you could tone it down just a bit.
But regarding the study, the National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA) has concluded that driving while talking on a cell phone (among other things) makes you three times more likely to get in an accident. Wow, NHSA, tell us something we don't know. I'm not sure that's a wise use of tax dollars; talking about dangerous behavior is one thing, but changing it is quite another.