Friday, April 30, 2010 is “No Phone Zone Day”, a national event designed to bring awareness to the hazards of talking or texting on a cell phone while driving.
Several years ago, I served on a task force charged with addressing driver distraction caused by cell phones. At one meeting, a representative from the cell phone industry suggested that we add driving with a tuna casserole to the list of distractions to prohibit.
Understanding the Distracted Brain: Why Driving While Using Hands-free Cell Phones is Risky Behavior
The National Safety Council released a white paper in March of 2010 entitled Understanding the Distracted Brain: Why Driving While Using Hands-free Cell Phones is Risky Behavior.
Urban legend suggests that women are better at multi-tasking than men. This idea is bolstered, in part, by anthropologists who suggest that in hunter/gather times women were required to take care of many things at once (watch the children, gather food, prepare and cook meals, etc.).
The 2010 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting was awarded to Matt Richtel and members of the New York Times Staff “for his incisive work on the hazardous use of cell phones, computers and other devices while operating cars and trucks”.