re: Dictating While Driving: As Dangerous As Typing
Lets clear up all of the 'distracted while driving' shenanigans. The accident rate today is the same as it was ten and twenty years ago. And less than it was 30 years ago. If using a phone increased the odds of an accident, the accident rate would have gone up in lock step with the adoption of phones in cars. But it didn't.
Why? I learned to drive in the 70's. We had bad drivers then, people eating, drinking, smoking, putting on makeup, playing with the radio and 8 track player, reading bill boards, checking out hotties in the next car or on the sidewalk, etc. We just changed one set of distractions for another. Take the phone away, we'll find something else to play with while being bored behind the wheel.
A few years back when California wanted to pass legislation banning cell phone use while driving, they asked the CHP to come up with supporting data. The CHP was unable to do so, noting that there was no correlation (let alone causation) between phone use and accident rates. So they changed the metric to be that it was a phone related accident if a phone was present in either vehicle, in use or not. That worked.