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Sunday, September 04, 2005



This amplifies the long trend of distracting motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists, with transistor radios, Walkman, cell phones, high powered multi-channel car amplifiers, and now HD digital car radios with blinking full color displays and "BUY NOW" buttons.

Are iPods Killing the Scottish?
Will HD digital radio kill the Americans?
September 03, 2005
Scotsman.com, a site that features "Scottish news direct from Scotland", reports that "dozens of Scots road users are being injured or killed as a result of MP3 mania."
Traffic collision expert Mike Irwin said: "The potential here is for scores more accidents, particularly among cyclists and pedestrians. Drivers using their earphones will not hear vital traffic noise and warning signs, such as emergency sirens."
Researchers at the United States' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute have warned that digital distractions are becoming a menace on the roads.
The researchers found that 80% of the crashes and 65% of the near crashes were a result of driver distraction.
Source: Scotsman.com

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