I would like to thank David Strayer and the Car Talk crew for the invitation to contribute to the Distracted Driving blog. It is a pleasure to be here and talk about o...
Remember that summer pastime of filling balloons with water and then tossing them at each other to keep cool on hot afternoons. One thing about a water balloon, if you push on one side, it will squish out somewhere else until it bursts.
If you think technology will deliver us from driver distraction, just watch this video of a Volvo crash test! The pedestrian avoidance system was designed by Volvo to detect and avoid hitting a pedestrian thereby improving pedestrian safety.
I just returned from the National Distracted Driving Summit in Washington DC. Here is my take on things...
Below are some graphic images of a tragic motor vehicle crash where the driver was talking on her cell phone. The accident occurred when the driver of a red Volkswagen pulled out from a side street into the path of a motorcycle. The driver of the VW apparently failed to see the motorcycle.
Imagine if a jet airplane full of passengers crashed today. And a week later, another airplane full of passengers crashed. Suppose this went on for a month or two. There would be media frenzy, the public would be outraged, and hearings in both the US House and Senate would be in the offing.
Tom and Ray sat down to ask Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood several questions about driver distraction.
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.