[FoRK] Laws that ban texting while driving could be counter productive
sdw at lig.net
Wed Sep 14 09:16:26 PDT 2011
Plenty of people making statements that assume that no driver can
handle any distraction in any circumstance because some stupid person
zoned out and caused a crash.
In this article, a woman in a Hummer drove past 5 stopped cars and a
bus through a red light into an intersection that had obvious cross
traffic and into the side of a vehicle, killing a guy. All while
looking straight ahead but talking on the phone. This is a person who
is prone to a blackout with her eyes open. That's not an average case,
it is someone possibly with a severe deficiency or at least in need of
a lot more training to establish an internal "I'm not aware" alarm.
In the same article, they found a nice counterpoint:
'But Jeffrey Hickman of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has
analyzed the risks of various driver activities. Even though it's
counterintuitive, he said, hands-free phone use can be safer than not
using a phone at all because "drivers on a hands-free tend to
compensate by watching the road more carefully when they are talking."'
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