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How do you know the streets are getting more dangerous?

The advent of the blackberry was wonderful (perhaps not to everyone); you could be more efficient with your time and get more done while on the move. Whether you needed to quickly respond to an email, find a restaurant, or get directions, you can now do all this with a hand-held device where ever you may be.

With no restrictions on mobile phone use in Ontario the driver’s are focusing more or their phones than on the road.

In Tom Vanderbilt’s Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do (and What it Says about Us), he notes that drivers who are using a mobile device are not actually paying attention to the road. While talking, although we may be looking forward, we are actually only looking at the front edge of the car. And you can totally forget about peripheral vision. (Think about it the next time you are driving and chatting).

Recently Motricity, a company that measures the mobile user experience, reported that 17% of people are surfing the web in the car while driving. As a supporter of these mobile devices I think it is time where governments step in and protect our roads again; it is time to ban the use of mobile devices while driving.