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Car phones

Whoa, lets have some common sense here. People love to bash cellphone
users and I'll be the first to agree that driving along with one hand
holding a phone to the head is bad driving and dangerous - seen many
poorly guided vehicles as a result of *this* practice.

A hands free kit is no more distracting than a stereo or passenger 
(assuming of course both hands are on the wheel :-)  ) and any
study showing increased accident rate due to cell phone hands free kits
only proves the obvious - *any* distraction can cause accidents.
So, until such time as we are obliged to pull to the side to change
stations, talk to a passenger, adjust rear vision mirror etc, I will
continue to use my hfk. *Aways* of course with the knowledge that it
*is* a distraction and only used with extreme care and attention
to the road and traffic situation - I don't adjust my stereo while
overtaking either!!

 > >-----Original Message-----
> >Date: Tue, 17 Jun 1997 12:57:36 -0500 (CDT)
> >From: philby@ix.netcom.com (Phil Coppin)
> >Subject: Re: Car phones
> >
> >Latest NHTSA statistics show that Car phones are now one of the leading 
> >causes of accidents in the U.S.
> >Even hands free phones (you still have to manually dial most of them) 
> >cause inattention. If you NEED to make a call or someone calls you, 
> >pull off to the side of the road. I have a mobile phone, am a salesman, 
> >am married - no excuses from this guy, I pull over!

Greg Spark
Hamilton, New Zealand
'96 A4 1.8Tq 5sp MTM/Remus 200hp Nokia 8110 GSM with HFK