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远离短信电话 勿作马路杀手

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    I hate driving. I hate the traffic, the confusing design of highways in my city and the long periods of claustrophobic sitting with nothing to do but listen to the radio. To top if off, I am a nervous, slow driver, fearful of other cars and distracted drivers. (Yes, I'm the one you've probably honked at, annoyed.)

    But I live in a sprawling Southwestern city with limited public transportation and intense heat that makes long-distance walking or biking tough for much of the year. So driving, alas, is a fact of life for me.

    My fears, though, have only been further confirmed by a harrowing series in the New York Times called 'Driven to Distraction' about the dangers of using cellphones and of texting while driving. One article cited a new study, by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which found that when truck drivers texted, their collision risk was 23 times greater than when not texting.

    Another article cited research that drivers using phones are four times as likely to cause a crash as other drivers─and that driving while talking on a cell is akin to being legally drunk. Hands-free devices, meanwhile, don't eliminate these risks, according to studies. In fact, they may worsen them by giving drivers a false sense of security.

    Because I'm such a wimpy driver, I try not to talk or answer my phone on the road unless it's urgent or traffic is at a standstill. But for many Jugglers, especially those with long commutes and important business to take care of, talking or texting while driving is common, and perhaps necessary. I am amazed by how many interviews I've conducted for articles with subjects talking to me while driving; I can sometimes hear the sound of horns and the hushed strains of NPR in the background.

    Readers, do you regularly drive and talk on a cell or text? Given the risks of doing so, have you tried to reduce usage while driving? And more generally, how much is driving a part of your juggle and how do you feel about it?

    我腻烦开车。我腻烦堵车、腻烦我地址的都市公路那种令人一头雾水的计划,另有永劫间一个人私家坐在车里什么也干弗成只能听收音机的惨状。最紧张的是,我开车时非凡很是求助,车速很慢,怕惧其他的车以及那些不专一的司机。(没错,我便是那种你年夜概会恼火地对之狂按喇叭的人。)

    但我所栖身的都市位于美国西南部、占地非凡很是空阔,这里的平易近众交通不甚发家,气候又极其酷热,远间隔步辇儿或骑自行车在一年中的年夜部分时刻里城市让人受不了。是以,唉,开车成了我糊口的一部分。

    《纽约时报》(New York Times)刊登了一个悲惨的系列报导,名为"开车怎能不分心",内容是关于开车时打手机或发短信的伤害。这个报导进一步强化了我的忧虑情感。其中一篇文章援引了弗吉尼亚科技运输学院(Virginia Tech Transportation Institute)的一项新研究,研究发明,卡车司机边发短信边开车时,撞车的危害比不发短信的司机超出超过23倍。

    另一篇文章引述了一项研究,称开车时打手机的司机撞车的机构是其他司机的4倍,并声称开车时打电话相称于醉酒驾车。与此同时,研究剖明免提配置并不能消弭这些危害。毕竟上免提配置还加剧了危害,由于它们给了司机一种安适的错觉。

    因为我其实是个无能的司机,我只管即便休止开车时接打电话,除非是紧迫情形下,可能堵车堵得动不了的时辰。但对付良多上班族来说,尤其是上放工路途很长、有紧张营业必要措置赏罚赏罚的人,开车时打电话或发短信是平凡之事,或者还必需为之。良多次我举办采访时,采访器材都是一边开车一边经由过程电话跟我对答,对此我惊慌不已;偶尔我还能听到电话里传来对方何处的喇叭声和被调低音量的国家平易近众广播(NPR)播放的音乐声。

    读者们,你们通俗一边开车一边打电话或发短信吗?思量到这样做的伤害,你有没有试着在开车时少用手机?从更普遍的方面来说,开车在你糊口中据有多年夜的比重,你对此认为怎样?




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