Guidelines Aim to Reduce Distracted Driving

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Mr. Roques
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Mr. Roques   6/22/2012 4:06:37 PM
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Hopefully people will try to use technology for good. And with higher fines, they will be slowly forced to do so.

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Clairvoyant   3/29/2012 6:43:48 PM
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That is true. As technology advances, authorities need advancing technology to detect illegal usage.

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Mr. Roques   3/29/2012 5:15:22 PM
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I believe that bigger fines is the best way to make them understand. It becomes very hard to identify a person using their phone while driving... but maybe someday technology can help us identify that.

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Eldredge   2/25/2012 8:08:35 PM
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Unfortunate, but true - common sense has become a grand oxymoron.

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Clairvoyant   2/24/2012 4:38:04 PM
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Very true, Mr. Roques. It seems using common sense is not so easy for some people anymore.

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Mr. Roques   2/24/2012 4:30:38 PM
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I agree with the guidelines but it seems we are dealing with kids. People must understand the danger of using the phone while driving (texting has to be 10x more dangerous than talking) and I get afraid everytime I look to the car next to me and see the other person looking down... its very probable he isn't paying attention, and in some degree, my life is in danger.

Should we rely on the phones? carmakers? ... We must rely on the people, or have bigger fines, but I don't want to only depend on technology.

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Barbara Jorgensen   2/21/2012 1:39:13 PM
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As many readers point out, these guidelines have a lot of flaws. In particular, Bolaji's questions about the 2-second rule (how long should I look at my GPS and who is timing me?) is a classic. Legislators frequently come up with guidelines and give no clue how to implement them. There is also the point that these are voluntary, meaning there is nothing that will force carmakers to implement them.

Then there is the bigger picture: Can you legislate common sense? You shouldn't have to--drivers should be the judge of how much distraction they can handle. Unfortuantely, every day there is evidence to indicate a lot of people don't use common sense while driving.

The only way to enforce the 2-second rule is for the data to flash up, stay there 2 second, and then shut off.

Can you imagine the distractions that will cause?

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Guidelines Aim to Reduce Distracted Driving
VIMALKUMAR   2/21/2012 1:06:26 PM
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Barbara , this is a nice article. These guidelines will definitely improve the workflow and hope that will make an impact similar to the one made by  Rumble strips that is  a significant reduction in highway accidents.  The introdution of haptics based controls will be of great help and importance in realising some of the designs that is within this guideline and framework. Needless to say Safety must be of utmost importance..!

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Guidelines
Eldredge   2/21/2012 10:34:38 AM
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I am not a fan of too much legislation, but the list of guidelines provided seems pretty reasonable. It certainly doesn't make sense to enable drivers with too many distracting devices while at the same time implementing legislation to make using them illegal.

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Stricter action
WaqasAltaf   2/20/2012 12:05:36 PM
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Nice info Barb.

However I think guidelines are not enough. Some of these that you mentioned should be banned (incl. text messaging and internet browsing) and penal action should be taken against carmakers who dont ensure that these features are taken off. Also, orientation/guidelines at the time of license issuance may help take the campaign one step forward so that each driver knows whats allowed and whats illegal/dangerous. 

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