No Phone Zone Day


Friday, April 30, 2010 is “No Phone Zone Day”, a national event designed to bring awareness to the hazards of talking or texting on a cell phone while driving. The event is organized by Oprah Winfrey and will involve rallies in Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Washington DC.  Secre...


iPads on the Road...


I have been infected with the iPad bug.   But, an article in Macworld has sounded an alarm.  For $29 you can purchase a windshield mounting system for your iPad so you can never be more than arm’s reach from the device. The article in Macworld suggests that the windshield mount may drive you...


The Tuna Casserole Defense


Several years ago, I served on a task force charged with addressing driver distraction caused by cell phones.  At one meeting, a representative from the cell phone industry suggested that we add driving with a tuna casserole to the list of distractions to prohibit.  The representative noted that h...


Understanding the Distracted Brain: Why Driving While Using Hands-free Cell Phones is Risky Behavior


The National Safety Council released a white paper in March of 2010 entitled Understanding the Distracted Brain: Why Driving While Using Hands-free Cell Phones is Risky Behavior. The white paper does an excellent job of summarizing and explaining the research findings from over 30 studies that ha...


Are women better at multi-tasking than men?


Urban legend suggests that women are better at multi-tasking than men. This idea is bolstered, in part, by anthropologists who suggest that in hunter/gather times women were required to take care of many things at once (watch the children, gather food, prepare and cook meals, etc.) whereas men te...


2010 Pulitzer Prize awarded for national reporting on driver distraction


The 2010 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting was awarded to Matt Richtel and members of the New York Times Staff “for his incisive work on the hazardous use of cell phones, computers and other devices while operating cars and trucks”. Mr. Richtel’s reporting represents, in my opinion, inv...