The Horrors – Scarlet Fields
My mother and I drove up to NYC today to see my sister for the weekend. I am so used to being the one that drives, so it was a pleasant change to be the passenger and enjoy the view out the window (even if there isn’t much to see between DC and NYC other than smelly chemical plants). While sitting there, listening to David Sedaris’ Dress Your Family in Cuorduroy and Denim, I decided to make myself “useful” and do a little survey of how many drivers were using their cellphones. I was aiming for 100 cars observed per state, but because Delaware is so small, I was only able to get 36 cars there and then more than made up for it with New Jersey. The following is the percent of people who were on their cellphones in each state.
Maryland: 16% (16/100)
Delaware: 8% (3/36)
New Jersey: 20% (48/231)
A total of 18.2% of people observed on my trip today were on their cellphones, which actually isn’t as many as I thought.