Opening Panel Round Our panelists answer questions about the week's news, starting with OMG! What's worse than texting while driving (or TWD)?

Opening Panel Round

Opening Panel Round

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Our panelists answer questions about the week's news, starting with OMG! What's worse than texting while driving (or TWD)?

PETER SAGAL, Host:

Right now, panel, of course it's time for you to answer some questions about the week's news. Amy, a number of studies show that texting while driving is quite dangerous. Well, this week we read about something that actually increases the number of accidents involving texting. What?

AMY DICKINSON: Laws against texting.

SAGAL: Yes.

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DICKINSON: I know.

SAGAL: This is how it works. According to findings from the Highway Loss Data Institute, crashes increased in states with bans. Here's why, if you live in a state that bans texting while driving, you don't stop texting. No. Instead of holding your phone up by the wheel, so you can keep at least one eye on the road, you hold it down in your lap, where the cops can't see it. You're all surreptitious. It works. The cops just see people staring into their own laps, driving up onto the sidewalk.

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DICKINSON: I was talking on my cell phone once and I passed a cop and I, right in front of him, threw the phone in the back seat. Like woo-hoo.

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DICKINSON: Like he couldn't see that. I mean, yeah.

ALONZO BODEN: I bet it's to beat the system by getting an iPhone with AT&T and there's no service.

SAGAL: There you go.

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SAGAL: That'll show them.

ROY BLOUNT JR: You know, the story about the man that was driving along and he was talking on his iPhone and the police car saw him. And he threw the phone back behind him and said to his wife, now, just swear to him that I was not talking on the phone. You got to back me up. You're my wife, you got to back me up.

So the cop pulled him over and came over and said, what were you doing there? And he said, officer, I don't even have a phone. Ask my wife. And his wife said, officer, I've been married to him for 30 years. One thing I've learned is never argue with him when he's drunk.

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