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Bikers' Rights: THERE ARE MORE THAN 18 WAYS TO SHUT'EM UP (Help Me Pick the Winner of our HANG UP AND DRIVE Contest!)

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THERE ARE MORE THAN 18 WAYS TO SHUT'EM UP
(Help Me Pick the Winner of our HANG UP AND DRIVE Contest!)
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Bikers Rights, Motorcyclists Rights, Long Distance Motorcycle Riding

Extreme Long Distance Endurance Motorcycle Rider IronBoltBruce On 13 September 2007, I sent a letter to National Transportation Safety Board ("NTSB") Chairman Mark Rosenker in which I pointed out that restricting cager cellphone conversations could have saved as many as 10,660 lives in 2006, which is about 15 times more than would've been saved by lidding every rider in the land:

http://tinyurl.com/2jcefx

But the calls continue ... and so does my call for Mr. Rosenker's resignation. One reason we delay in dealing with this deadly distraction is the slippery slope argument that there are many other sources of distraction that are equally dangerous. In other words, why single out talking on a cellphone as opposed to eating a burger, drinking coffee, fiddling with the radio, flirting with your date, or yelling at the kids? Are cellphone conversations really more distracting and deadly than any of these? Well, the cellphone industry certainly wants us to think the answer to the last question is "No."...

http://tinyurl.com/2xzfvv

...but as Malcolm Gladwell and David Strayer explain, the true answer is "Yes!":

"This is a common problem in driving. Talking on a cell phone and trying to drive, for instance, is not unlike trying to count passes in a basketball game and simultaneously keep track of wandering animals. 'When you get into a phone conversation, it's different from the normal way we have evolved to interact,' David Strayer, a professor of psychology at the University of Utah, says. 'Normally, conversation is face to face. There are all kinds of cues. But when you are on the phone you strip that away. It's virtual reality. You attend to that virtual reality, and shut down processing of the here and now.' Strayer has done tests of people who were driving and talking on phones, and found that they remember far fewer things than those driving without phones. Their field of view shrinks. In one experiment, he flashed red and green lights at people while they were driving, and those on the phone missed twice as many lights as the others, and responded far more slowly to those lights they did see. 'We tend to find the biggest deficits in unexpected events, a child darting onto the road, a light changing,' Strayer says. 'Someone going into your lane. That's what you don't see. There is a part of driving that is automatic and routine. There is a second part of driving that is completely unpredictable, and that is the part that requires attention.' This is what Simons found with his gorilla, and it is the scariest part of inattentional blindness. People allow themselves to be distracted while driving because they think that they will still be able to pay attention to anomalies. But it is precisely those anomalous things, those deviations from the expected script, which they won't see."

http://tinyurl.com/2ttq9v

So given both scientific evidence and statistical proof that cellphone conversations--using hands-free as well as hand-held devices--are one of the deadliest of all driver distractions, how do we get cagers to HANG UP AND DRIVE?

Last month, I posed that question to our readers in form of a contest. Here was the offer...

"IF YOU HAVE ANY SERIOUS, ORIGINAL, FEASIBLE AND LEGITIMATE IDEAS AS TO WHAT ACTIONS AMERICAN MOTORCYCLISTS CAN TAKE ON THE STREETS TO ENCOURAGE CAGERS TO HANG UP AND DRIVE AND/OR PENALIZE THOSE WHO DON'T, PLEASE POST IT ONLINE HERE:"

http://tinyurl.com/2j429z

"THE CONTRIBUTOR OF THE BEST QUALIFYING IDEA POSTED NO LATER THAN 15 SEPTEMBER 2007 WILL RECEIVE A CASH PRIZE OF ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100.00). ALL ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED BY BRUCE ARNOLD, WHO WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER AND MAKE THE AWARD BY 15 OCTOBER 2007."

...and the results are:

THERE ARE MORE THAN 18 WAYS TO SHUT'EM UP...

You will find the totality of our contest submissions posted here:

http://tinyurl.com/2j429z

Unfortunately, not all of the more creative and colorful suggestions you will find there meet the requirement of being "serious, original, feasible and legitimate ideas". Of those that do, you will find 18 appended below, unedited and as submitted.

Our contest rules say I will choose the winner, but it seems in all fairness I should ask for your opinions and feedback first. So please take the time to review the 18 suggestions appended below, then place your vote for the winner by number in a forum posting here:

http://tinyurl.com/37aa2y

We promised to announce a winner by Monday, 15 October, so please post your votes to our forum no later than midnight ET on Sunday, 14 October 2007.

Until Next Time ... Ride Long, Ride Free!

IronBoltBruce

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The 18 Suggestions are available here:

http://tinyurl.com/ytjobd

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