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Illegal Conversation
updated: Sep 01, 2012, 12:00 PM

By The Dedicated Staff

Cell phones have quickly become part of our culture. In fact they are a necessity. Everyone has one, whether it's the latest iPhone or an archaic Nokia with their one obnoxious ringtone. In 2008 a law was passed to ban drivers from talking on their phones while driving. Shortly thereafter they included text messages to be part of that law as well. Thus began the market for hands-free devices which are currently ok by our law.

In 2008, Ed counted the percent of drivers who talked it up on their phones the day before the law was passed and then the day after. (Click here for the past article.) Ed counted 4.6% before the new law and 1.8% after the new law.

It has been over 4 years since the new law was passed and we were curious how the Santa Barbarians stacked up against the past percentages. The Dedicated Staff was diligently counting cars and talkers and counted approximately 10.4% blabbing away on their phones. That is an increase of 8.6% in four years. Our staff would like to clarify that they were only counting people with their phone to their ears, not the texters. They estimated that it had to be closer to 20% of drivers who were texting on their phones.

Alas, the contest is about talking and not texting. Therefore we must congratulate Edhat Subscriber Daylight for guessing the closest percentage of 11%. You will look very trendy in your new Edhat t-shirt while you drive and hands-free talk around town.


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