[FoRK] Laws that ban texting while driving could be counter productive
sdw at lig.net
Thu Sep 15 01:42:01 PDT 2011
On Thu Sep 15 01:01:37 2011, Damien Morton wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 3:40 AM, Stephen Williams<sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> Umm, Stephen, I have seen your car and I know how full of gadgets it is, but
> depriving someone of time spent on a cellphone, or blackberry, computer or
> whatever, in no-way equates with depriving someone of life, especially when
> they have the option to pull over to make their call. It might feel that
> way, to some, but its not.
Have you commuted much in the last 10 years? Had a significant other
who also commuted? Had older children to help and coordinate? Had
challenging family or work or other activities to maximize?
Pulling over A) is sometimes far more dangerous than multitasking and
B) doesn't solve the problem of otherwise unusable dead time.
Sometimes something must be handled immediately. Usually, you're just
trying to get something out of uninteresting and otherwise life-wasting
travel time. For me, thousands of hours have been saved from the
wastebin of mindless driving. Plus, I've been lucky to avoid commuting
much of the time.
The only effective alternatives to multitasking while driving (i.e.
talking on the phone) are: A) public transportation (but rarely
applicable and often slower than driving) B) driving much faster (not
considered as an option in the US although perfectly feasible) C) limo
/ service (common in Manhattan, rare / unreasonable elsewhere), D)
robotic cars (go Google / Thrun), E) work shuttles (if you work for
Google, coming from SF) or F) personal flight (flying cars next year,
but you need landing strips, expensive vehicle and training, not ready
for it in general).
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