[FoRK] Re: Constable Bell on Road Safety and Pregnancy...
Stephen D. Williams
sdw at lig.net
Wed Jan 19 16:34:00 PST 2005
Ian Andrew Bell (FoRK) wrote:
> On 19-Jan-05, at 3:30 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>>> 3. A cell phone conversation does not have constant background
>>> sound, as most
>>> music does; talking is intermittent, allowing external sounds in.
I didn't write this, I replied to it.
> The question is not one of acoustic bandwidth over time, but one of
> attention span and our brain's bandwidth. As an experiment, try
> calling your girlfriend/wife/whatever while playing an online
> multiplayer first-person shooter, such as BF1942 Desert Combat. See
> how good your kill ratio is. Either your score, or your relationship,
> will suffer a decline.
> The only reason that we can get away with yakking on the phone in the
> car is because it doesn't actually require that much attention -- for
> those of us who are comfortable behind the wheel and are likely
> driving on frequently traveled routes. There are of course those
> among us who should allocate as much attention as possible to the road
> and their vehicle and for all of us, if we're talking on the phone
> we're less adept at reacting to emergencies regardless of headphones,
> etc. Effectively, so long as we're capable drivers and nothing
> unpredictable happens, which it usually doesn't, we are OK.
Anything you do often enough you can become very automatic at, often
using a very small percentage of your capabilities and attention most of
> British Columbia has a graduated licensing program. It includes
> limitations at various stages on driving at night, driving with
> passengers, age of passengers, etc. Perhaps BC should add a
> stipulation for talking on phones only at the highest level.
Many states have graduated licensing now.
> Riding a bicycle or motorcycle requires much more care and attention
> in traffic than driving a car does. I think personal stereos and
> radios should be illegal for all two-wheeled vehicles on the road.
It may take more attention and care for you, but that's not necessarily
very true for everyone. At times, I have been very comfortable on a
bike. In 1994, I spent 6 months with only a bike. I've spent many
thousands of hours on the edge of a road, running 3000 miles a year in
> As a driver who has thus far enjoyed a safe record I don't want to run
> over some guy who was riffing out to Van Halen's "Unchained" and
> installed himself, and his bicycle, as my new hood ornament.
> That said, I don't know how any of this is analogous to a woman's
> right to choose what happens to her body and the jesus jumpers
> attempting to inflict their (a)moral views upon total strangers can
> kiss my fucking ass.
I was originally commenting on the rationale before the Supreme Court
that abortion should be outlawed because it was supposedly harmful to women.
> STAY SAFE, KIDS!
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