Posted by: fireweaver | November 28, 2006

stuff’ll kill ya

time.com has an article up about “a to z, the year in medicine,” which i’m finding ever so fascinating. like a little 11-page storytime about all the hot-button health issue for the past 12 months, sadly without original references, but full of fun trivia.

i roll my eyes just as much as the next guy about bozos careening across lanes while blathering on their cell phones, but i just haven’t been sold on the idea of hands-free sets (they’re required whilst driving in dc). i know that at least for me personally, the distraction comes from bla-bla’ing at you, not from having something in my hand, or else my am cup of tea would be ever so deadly. well, check this out:

Think you’re safer because you talk on a hands-free cell phone while driving? Think again. Using either type of phone while trying to drive a car is roughly equivalent to driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08%

again, i wish to hell it had refs so i could go check out the entirety of the study, but that’s still good to know.

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  1. Although, I’d still like to point out that the woman who almost BACKED INTO ME while I was walking into work this morning…. was driving with one hand and talking into her phone while her two kids were still (unrestrained) in the back of her Mercedes.

    *sigh*
    She didn’t appreciate it when I banged on her trunk to get her attention so she would not run me over. (the nerve of me)


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