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Old 01-02-07, 11:15 AM   #1
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Allstate ad . . . multitasking

Anyone catch the West VA, Georgia Tech bowl game sponsored by Allstate Insurance? I had no interest in either team but was the only game on before the Rose Bowl. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by the Allstate ad against multitasking while driving. The spokesman was walking down a major highway and then freeze framed for different types of drivers . . . the "make-up" artist, ie. woman applying makeup while driving . . . the overachiever, guy doing work on his steering wheel . . . the quick-change artist, guy changing his pants in traffic! Etc. I'm sure Allstate is interested in reducing claims but from a cyclist's perspective innattentive drivers also endanger my life. Made me think that cyclists and insurance industry actually have some goals in common.
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I hope this is the start of a trend. Thanks for the thread.
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The spokesman was walking down a major highway and then freeze framed for different types of drivers . . . the "make-up" artist, ie. woman applying makeup while driving . . . the overachiever, guy doing work on his steering wheel . . . the quick-change artist, guy changing his pants in traffic!
Hardly a day goes by that I don't see a driver talking on the phone with one hand, while smoking with the other. I doubt they consider it multi tasking though, just normal everyday driving. I think it would be great if after the "freeze" where they pointed out the distracted driver, they then restarted the action and had it evolve into an accident from the passenger/driver point of view, like one of the car manufactures is presently running. Maybe advertisements showing reality like this (instead of just the zoom zoom of most car advertisements) can help people see how dangerous "multi tasking" behavior really can be.
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Insurance companies helping us? WHAT?!

Hahaha, well of course they share some similar interests. Insurance companies' goals are basically to make as much money as possible, which means having the cars they protect get into as few accidents as possible.

We want as few bad drivers (and thus crashes) as possible also.
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Anyone catch the West VA, Georgia Tech bowl game sponsored by Allstate Insurance? I had no interest in either team but was the only game on before the Rose Bowl.
You missed the great game that followed the Rose Bowl when little David (Boise State) defeated Goliath (Oklahoma) with a sling full of trick plays. Anyways, that ad promoting a discount for accident free driving was on lots of the New Years Day games, including the mighty Lions' righteous victory over the Volunteers.
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Saw the ad this morning... and this is one of several they have been showing regarding drivers' inattention.

It does show that indeed motorists can pay more attention, and that indeed even the insurance companies know this.

The real good thing about this is when their money is involved, and insurance companies have an interest, their lobbiests are going to start to make noise about laws to deal with inattentive motorists... at a minimum, perhaps hands free devices for cell phones. (Now a law in CA for 2007) At a maximum, this sort of thing helps spur on the drive for autonomous self drive vehicles. Obviously, the driver has other things to do.
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Insurance companies' goals are basically to make as much money as possible, which means having the cars they protect get into as few accidents as possible.

We want as few bad drivers (and thus crashes) as possible also.
I've been thinking along these lines for a couple of months, since not long after I saw the first of these Allstate ads (aside: is it just me or are car insurance ads EVERYWHERE lately?). I wonder if we (cyclists, police departments, government agencies, etc.) couldn't get help from car insurance companies in the form of public service announcements (PSAs)? Or maybe PSAs combined with advertisements for car insurance. It really is in the mutual self-interest of all these groups to get people to drive more safely.

Does anyone here know someone (or know someone who knows someone....) from a car insurance company?
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I've seen that ad. All I've learned from the Allstate ads is to keep an eye out for their spokesman near the road. Where ever he goes, cars get all smashed up.

He clearly is bad luck for drivers.
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I've seen that ad. All I've learned from the Allstate ads is to keep an eye out for their spokesman near the road. Where ever he goes, cars get all smashed up.

He clearly is bad luck for drivers.
Yeah, get Aflack. Only the duck gets in trouble on those ads.
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You missed the great game that followed the Rose Bowl when little David (Boise State) defeated Goliath (Oklahoma) with a sling full of trick plays.
I watched until the end of regulation when Zabransky gave up the go-ahead TD with that terrible interception, then marched down the field to tie it up again with that reception and lateral. Increible. What a great game. I just couldn't stay up past midnight to watch the overtime but was happy to learn Boise State pulled it out in overtime. !!!
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Saw the ad this morning... and this is one of several they have been showing regarding drivers' inattention.

It does show that indeed motorists can pay more attention, and that indeed even the insurance companies know this.

The real good thing about this is when their money is involved, and insurance companies have an interest, their lobbiests are going to start to make noise about laws to deal with inattentive motorists... at a minimum, perhaps hands free devices for cell phones. (Now a law in CA for 2007) At a maximum, this sort of thing helps spur on the drive for autonomous self drive vehicles. Obviously, the driver has other things to do.
Gene, I found the informal description (what is a "two way cell" and why are they exempt?). Do you have a link to the actual text? Thanks!

http://www.mrtraffic.com/2007.htm
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I watched until the end of regulation when Zabransky gave up the go-ahead TD with that terrible interception, then marched down the field to tie it up again with that reception and lateral. Increible. What a great game. I just couldn't stay up past midnight to watch the overtime but was happy to learn Boise State pulled it out in overtime. !!!
You need to find a replay of the Boise State OT drive, especially the Statue of Liberty Play used for the gutsy 2point conversion. That's why I love college football. School spirit and big surprises! The Fox network was also much better than ESPN at showing the student bodies, especially the cheerleaders'.

The only thing marring the broadcast was the dingy announcers hyping the need for a playoff system. As if the Boise win wasn't good enough.
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You need to find a replay of the Boise State OT drive, especially the Statue of Liberty Play used for the gutsy 2point conversion.
. . . wow, that's winning with style!
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Gene, I found the informal description (what is a "two way cell" and why are they exempt?). Do you have a link to the actual text? Thanks!

http://www.mrtraffic.com/2007.htm
Nope, turns out I was wrong on this one... it doesn't go into effect until 2008 as you pointed out.

I was misinformed at a cellphone kiosk. Oh well... not like they are the ultimate in accurate information anyway.

The law in question is SB1613.
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Nope, turns out I was wrong on this one... it doesn't go into effect until 2008 as you pointed out.

I was misinformed at a cellphone kiosk. Oh well... not like they are the ultimate in accurate information anyway.

The law in question is SB1613.
Thanks, now I understand the "2-way cell" is really any wireless device that is not held to the ear, a concession to truck drivers, eg. CB radio.
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Well, none of the above listed beat what I saw a cager doing recently - piloting their SUV down the road at 45-50 MPH with a PDA on their horn pad; in their left hand, the PDA's pen; and their face completely engrossed. In the PDA of course.

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. . . wow, that's winning with style!
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Whoa, behind the back, sweet! I read the ESPN article where the Boise players were saying they ran the play at the end of every practice just for fun . . . but it never worked. Then it works in a high pressure overtime bowl game for the game winning play. You can't write stuff better than that!
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Whoa, behind the back, sweet! I read the ESPN article where the Boise players were saying they ran the play at the end of every practice just for fun . . . but it never worked. Then it works in a high pressure overtime bowl game for the game winning play. You can't write stuff better than that!
This is the hand off on that play. No wonder the Sooners were fooled.
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I'm waiting for the Allstate ad showing a caveman rear-ending the gecko into his good neighbor's house
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This is the hand off on that play. No wonder the Sooners were fooled.

College football.....yawn......
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The insurance companies may also be the ones to help us out of this global warming problem as it is in their interest to have stable weather and not global calamity.
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This is the hand off on that play. No wonder the Sooners were fooled.
Paul Thompson spent the first half of the game giving the ball away, giving Boise an early lead. I never doubted we'd come back, though. The first time they pulled a fast one on us, I thought, "oh well, we'll go to OT and cream em, now they've used up their trick play too." When we got to OT and Peterson ran for the one play TD, I knew we had it. I can't believe that A) they went for the 2-point, when our run defense had been all over them, and B) that play was executed so beautifully.

It was a hard game to lose, but I think noone gave Boise enough credit going in. Incredible game.
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It was a hard game to lose, but I think noone gave Boise enough credit going in. Incredible game.
Yes, it was an exciting game even for those who came out on the wrong end of the score. But there arethe posters who want to read bike lane blather, 24/7/365. We can now return this list to its normal programing.
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