What is the problem with cellphones and driving? Is it talking on them or everything else? I think it’s the latter, but a recent survey tells a different story.
According to a recent survey conducted for Canadian Automobile Association South Central Ontario, nearly 1 in 3 Ontarians (32 percent) admit to distracted driving as a result of a mobile device. I suppose the key word here is “admit.”
I’m skeptical of this survey because of the top 10 reasons for distracted driving by mobile device:
- Someone has called (44 percent)
- Emergency purposes (33 percent)
- Have to get in touch with someone I am meeting (27 percent)
- Someone has texted (26 percent)
- Have to talk to spouse (21 percent)
- Have to talk to parents (17 percent)
- Able to multitask (15 percent)
- Use for work (11 percent)
- Bored at red light (11 percent)
- Have to talk to children (9 percent)
Half of these explicitly involve voice calls. Where are the apps? And check out #1 and #4. Someone else called/texted them, absolving them of blame. Emergency purposes? Able to multitask? Bored at red light? What do those even mean?