[FoRK] Laws that ban texting while driving could be counter productive

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Wed Sep 14 09:26:08 PDT 2011


You missed the bronsonian humor..."Miles to go before I sleep..."
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076804/

I wouldn't fret it.  Out of control legislators have a habit of 
punishing the many for the sins of the few rather than hold people 
individually accountable or responsible.

Greg

On 9/14/2011 9:16 AM, Stephen Williams wrote:
> 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.
>
> http://www.mercurynews.com/cars/ci_18879426
> 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."'
>
> sdw
>
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