Bad stats

*Heavy sigh* to the Wall Street Journal’s driving blog. It spotlights “conflicting data” on cell phone use in cars.

An NTSB study indicates that “5% of drivers were holding a cell phone behind the wheel.” About 1% were texting.

To the blogger, this contradicts a study by State Farm, in which 58% of people said they talked while driving.

Maybe I’m dim today – it has happened before – but I think if 5% of drivers are on the phone at any given moment, that could easily mean that 58% have been on the phone at some point. Heck, I’ve been on a cell while driving at least once. But I’m not doing that now – I’m typing a blog post!



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