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Just when you thought mobile-phone behavior couldn’t get worse, here comes a lovely bit of news from the BBC. Apparently, a couple of British police officers in Haddington, East Lothian recently noticed a car weaving erratically down a busy street. When they caught up to it, they realized why: The driver was attempting to use two cell phones simultaneously:

As Sheriff Kenneth Pritchard told him: “Driving is sufficiently difficult with the amount of traffic on the roads without the added distraction of mobile phones and to use two mobile phones is the height of stupidity for someone in your position.”

(Thanks to Techdirt Wireless News for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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