Friday, December 09, 2011
AC360 report hits distracted driving hard
AC360 tonight did a brief report on distracted driving that was compelling. Besides providing statistics on how many people talk on cell phones and drive, a reporter did an experiment showing the stopping distance when a driver loads a CD (1-1/2 seconds) and answers a cell phone call, not hands free (3 seconds). More states are banning cell phone use while driving altogether, some allow hands-free devices, which don’t reduce the distraction that much. Virginia bans it only near work zones (and bans texting while driving).
Will states try to ban other kinds of activities – like eating? Drinking coffee is probably good – helps keep you awake.