What some of us are talking about has nothing to do with driving ability, and everything to do with the ability to keep your focus where it belongs, and that's not a delusion, or some sort of superiority complex. It's like a conversation with a person face to face. Your mind is either focused on it, or wandering elsewhere and only halfway listening, doing just enough to keep up. You can be a horrible driver, but if you're careful, still avoid accidents. You can be the most skilled driver in the world, and still let yourself get distracted and rear-end someone. Also, the study you linked (which I know isn't the one you were trying to find) was discussing students/teens, so is a tad skewed. That age-group was the worst even before cellphones.
Originally Posted by jonathankrall
The quote at the end of that article sums it up well for what some of us are trying to communicate:
One fault common to motorists of all ages is driver distraction. It isn't surprising: Driving is simple and boring much of the time, so drivers do other things while they are behind the wheel.
If you don't let yourself get complacent, you'll have fewer accidents. Cellphones might be a vehicle (pun intended! ;)) that takes you to complacency faster, or keeps you there longer, but they're not the underlying problem.
edit: to clarify, I'm talking about using a cellphone, not just texting... texting is bad, but where do you draw the line if you ban texting, b/c lots of things you do in a car take your eyes off the road...