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on May 14, 2012
Distracted drivers are just as dangerous as drunk drivers. The cops need to crack down on this every day, not just one month a year.
If cell phones are the #1 distraction, is there anything the cell phone companies can do to improve traffic safety?
> Distracted drivers are just as dangerous as drunk drivers.
No, they are not! The CHP has extensive data, submitted by departments all over the state, that provide fairly comprehensive data on accidents.
Drunk driving deaths were about 11,000 last year:
It's hard to find evidence of fatal accidents that were caused by "distracted drivers". Occasionally they do happen, but they are hard for accident investigators to prove.
This whole "distracted drive" campaign is just another witch hunt for the various police agencies. Drunk driving arrests at sobriety checkpoints have dropped to such a low number that the police now use them to seize vehicles that are unregistered.
A few years back, there was a big push to put children in car seats, and before that--there was some hysteria about seat belts. The Legislature even passed a law giving the police the right to look into your car as you were driving to see if you were "belted up".
It's really time to look towards the day when cars are self-driving, and we can put an end to this constant refinement of the nanny state--brought to us, in large part, by Joe Simitian.
Distracted driving comes in many forms. I recently was in the right hand lane where the car in the left hand lane was driving erratically. As we both stopped at the red light, I could plainly see the driver with a spoon in one hand and a yogurt in the other.
Hey Joe, there ought to be a law. Yogurt containers should be plainly labeled "Do not consume while driving".
It's hard to find evidence of fatal accidents that were caused by "distracted drivers".
It's EVERY driver's job to drive responsibly.
When some drivers chose not to be responsible.... new laws are made.
If all drivers were responsible then no new laws would be required.
16000 fatalities caused by texting:
This study is not proof. Proof is a crash report that has an officer's name, and evidence that the driver at fault was actively texting at the time of the accident.
This study is a statistical approach--which can not produce 16000 accident reports to justify the results.
The US Census provides some details:
Notice that the "distracted drivers" data is "estimated". Proof is the issue here, not an estimate that can not be proven.
Contrary to what Wilson states it isn't that hard to find examples. I found these 3 in about one minute with Google. I'm sure there are others. I don't consider it a "nanny state" to enact laws against this kind of patently dangerous behavior. If somebody does something stupid that puts themselves at risk be my guest. However, when it involves potentially killing me or my kids you just lost my sympathy.
Forgot to paste the 3 examples. Here they are:
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