Distracted Driving Addiction Compared to Smoking

Following on from our last article regarding the NTSB’s call to ban all electronic devices for drivers, the New York Times reports a distinct change in the way authorities see the whole issue of driver distraction.

Deborah Hersman, chair of the NTSB, talked about the “Addiction” of Distracted Driving and compared it to smoking.

This shift in approach is in-line with a growing feeling among scientists and researchers that the use of phones and computers can be compulsive, both emotionally and physically, which helps explain why drivers may have trouble turning off their devices even if they want to.

Developments like this emphasise the requirement for technology based solutions which need to be used in conjunction with legislation and education.

Read the article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/us/reframing-the-debate-over-using-phones-while-driving.html?_r=1

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  1. Colleen
    Colleen says:

    What frustrates me is the collision example they use was caused by a teen TEXTING, the action that is well know to be the most dangerous with cell phones, yet they want to lump even hands-free phones in with the ban when that had nothing to do with this collision. Where is the reported collisions caused by hands free, or even just hands held without texting for that matter???

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  2. expedioblogs
    expedioblogs says:

    Yes Colleen, the level of distraction caused by hands-free devices is much more of a grey area. Texting – or other activities involving visual and physical distractions are the major culprits, but legislation often lumps any ‘cell phone’ use under the same banner.

    We’ve made various posts about Distracted Driving studies, and as statistics gathering improves I imagine we’ll be able to more clearly see the different distraction levels posed by hands-free/non-hands-free use.

    Blank-IT is aimed at managing use of vehicle mounted computers/laptops, as this poses all of the worst distraction characteristics, even more so than texting, but we also cover general driver distraction studies and news, as most of the research to date has been focused on cellphone use.

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