It is a seventeen page article, but the writing is good and it goes fast: Trial by Fire by David Grann in The New Yorker.
It really has never been a question of if, but only of when. When an innocent would be executed, and when we will finally do away with the death penalty.
It appears that the first question has an answer.
hat tip: The New Republic
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gathered hundreds of pages of research and warnings about the hazards of drivers using cell phones…The findings included:
An increase in the number of accidents. That’s what is missing.
25 percent of accidents are a result of driver distraction. Cell phone use while driving has increased 50 percent. So cell phone use is increasingly cited as the cause of the accident.
But it isn’t the cell phone.
The accident is caused by the distracted driver. If the driver did not have the phone to be distracted by, then he or she would find something else. All the laws prohibiting cell phone use while driving will do nothing to cut down the number of accidents.