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Don't drive with a cell phone

Don't drive with a cell phone

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Kent German Former senior managing editor / features
Kent was a senior managing editor at CNET News. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he reviewed the first iPhone and worked in both the London and San Francisco offices. When not working, he's planning his next vacation, walking his dog or watching planes land at the airport (yes, really).
Kent German
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.