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Will DOT 'Distracted Driver Blueprint' Solve the Problem?

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Jerry dycus
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big danger
Jerry dycus   6/20/2012 7:47:08 AM
 

          By far the biggest danger I face on the road are drivers distracted by cell phones.   80%+ of stupid driving effecting me on the road is fools not paying attention because they have a cell phone in their hand.

           I stopped driving during drunk hrs, Friday/sat afternnoon until Sat/Sunday morning  to get away from them now at anytime one will find jusy as bad driving because of cellphones, etc.

            The new electronics in cars is only making things worse and a lot of it needs to be stopped.  Maybe voice activated, controlled could help but it makes the road far more dangerous. 

naperlou
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Re: big danger
naperlou   6/20/2012 8:59:09 AM
Jerry, I fully agree with you.  I have noticed the same thing.  Usually it is just stupid stuff, like sitting there when the light is green.  Yesterday I almost got hit by a guy taking a left at a light without looking.  I do not have a small car.  There is a curve there, and when you do not have the turn light you have to be careful.  Fortunately I am very familiar with the location and fully expected something like that.  He was talking on a cell phone and did not stop talking the whole time I could see him.  It is silly not to have at least a hands free rule, at the least. 

As for the electronics in the car, that is easier to regulate.  I notice that built in GPS systems do not allow changes while the car is moving.  At first I thought this silly.  I now fully agree.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: big danger
Rob Spiegel   6/20/2012 1:42:11 PM
LaHood is on the right track. If 3,000 people were killed in airplanes during one year, we would see major changes in air safety. It's about time distracted driving is getting the attention it needs. 

NadineJ
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ME-factor isn't addressed
NadineJ   6/20/2012 5:08:10 PM
The evolution of distracted driving is predictable.  I've commute by bicycle, motorcycle or car on any given day for over 25 years.  Very often, people shut the door when they get in their car and forget that there are other people sharing the road.

But this constant need for distraction is carried into other parts of our lives-walking, standing in line, eating out, etc.  I'm amazed at how many people need to be in their hand held device everywhere they go.  It's partly due to our new connectivity through technology and our fear of connecting-actually engaging with another person eye to eye in real time.  The ME-factor (or "it's all about me") is very strong.

I don't see effective laws being passed until we address the root of the issue.  This seems heavy-handed and not thoroughly researched.  But, is it better than nothing?

NadineJ
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Re: big danger
NadineJ   6/20/2012 5:10:57 PM
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@ naperlou- that is a great asfety addition for GPS devices.  Do you know if GPS apps on smartphones operate the same way?  GPS apps are more popular than in-car and aftermarket GPS systems lately.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   6/20/2012 6:45:36 PM
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I agree, Rob. It's amazing how readily we accept that 3,000 figure (as well as the 30,000 or so other deaths that occur on American roads every year).

Tim
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Tim   6/20/2012 8:11:46 PM
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I guess that the 30,000 number is acceptable by people because cars are an old technology that most people trust and use everyday. People tend to accept technology that has been around a long time is inherently safe.

Watashi
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Re: ME-factor isn't addressed
Watashi   6/21/2012 9:30:08 AM

I agree with your sentiment.  It seems that a selfish, maybe even narcissistic, attitude is the root of the problem. No new regulation is going to fix that.

But on the up side, I don't feel as guilty cutting people off in traffic anymore!  Sorry in advance if any of you drive I-95 south of D.C.

GlennA
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Re: big danger
GlennA   6/21/2012 9:30:25 AM
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naperlou;  I disagree about disabling built-in Navigation Systems when the car is moving.  I agree that the driver should not be playing with it, but the passenger should be able to use it.  The same goes for cell phones;  the driver should not be using one, but the passengers should be able to.

Do you remember the 'attack seatbelt' ?  The seatbelt was attached to the door frame and secured itself around the driver when the door was closed.  And retracted when the door was opened.  And occasionally tangled itself around the driver.

At some point the driver must be made to be responsible for their actions.  Or a robotic arm could be added to every car to confiscate items the driver is being distracted by.

Paul F Scott
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Can cellphone laws be enforced?
Paul F Scott   6/21/2012 9:31:01 AM
I am from Connecticut, which was one of the first states to make using a cell phone, while driving, illegal.

Unfortunately, the law isn't enforced.  During my morning commute, half my fellow commuters are on their cell phones.  Yesterday, at a traffic light, I glanced over and a local patrol car driver was using a Laptop, which was on the passenger seat next to him!!  I think any "national level" action will be enforced as well as our "state laws".

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