|I love looking at people in their cars. Sometimes they sing, sometimes they eat, sometimes they play with the hydraulic suspension.|
Lately it seems like everyone is talking on their mobile phone.
|Sure dialing and talking to people while driving is dangerous, but distracted driving isn't anything new.|
|Phones in cars have a million great uses too. This one tool can make a businessman considerably more effective. I don't think mobile phones are coming out of cars anytime soon.|
struck me that phoning drivers are only going to get more and more common,
so I decided to take a survey of what the current saturation is
this year, 2002.
I stood at the corner of 5th and I Street in Downtown Sacramento and counted a thousand cars driving by, making a little mark on my sheet whenever the driver was holding a phone to his or her ear.
was Friday, September 13th at 4:30pm. The survey took about 45 minutes.
Most drivers were just driving. Out of 1000 drivers, I tallied 71 phoning drivers. This was 7.1% of the drivers.
I didn't count motorcycles or bicycles.
I spotted five hands-free headsets. Additionally three of the thousand drivers were smoking and four were eating.
I thought the percentage of phoning drivers would be higher, which was slightly disappointing for some reason. In any case, I feel like there is some value to knowing the actual figures.
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Last updated November 26, 2002.