- Jun 10, 2004
Talking on a cell increases the risk of an accident to about the same level as for a drunk driver. Texting while driving can exceed that level by up to 4x or so, or so says some recent studies.danfoz said:On weekend mornings I usually stop for a coffee and scone and then pedal slowly up my one-way block against traffic to my apt. It's tree linedÂ street in a residential neighborhood with theÂ street wide enough for a fire engine to pass a double parked car if needed, and it's unusual to see more than one car every few minutes. I have been doing this particular ritual going on 20 years. Last year I had someone attempt to "teach me a leasson" by trying to run me off the road. He got eye contact and then proceeded to hit the gas as he veered overÂ to myÂ side... missed me by a couple of inches. It's the one time I've turned around and chased after somebody. I sawÂ his panicked face as heÂ noticed me in his rear view and he blew the light at the end of my block in his escape narrowly missing hitting another car. I don't like to thinjk about what would have happened if I'd caught him andÂ it could have ended badly for one or both of us.There are jackasses out there andÂ no doubt adding some booze to the equation can quickly turn a "lesson"Â into a tragedy. Recent studies indicate that texting or talking on the phone impair one's ability on par with driving under the influence. Although you may not be 100% certain in his attempt, until my own incident I would have been hard pressed to believe that there are drivers out there capable of such behavior - but there are.