There are so many distractions in-car nowadays: phone call, textting, GPS unit.. We should not only introduce new laws, but also improve the smartness of these devices. I think phone should not allow people to do texting when they are driving at certain speed.
I agree, Prabhakar. More needs to be done to prevent distracted driving. I think there should be legislation put in place to limit the number of 'gadgets' that are being put into cars nowadays, or at least only allowing passengers to use them.
Today in our local newspaper here in India there is artcile on the dangers of texting while driving. The important excerpts from this news article are as below.
Texting and talking on cellphones behind the wheels kills more than 5000 people every year on US highways
A study focusing on drivers of large vehicles and trucks has concluded that texting raised the risk of a crash by 23 times compared to non-distracted driving .
The report has been authored by Uvid Hosansky who is a environmental researcher
I am just alarmed to realize the dangerous situation created by such people on the road and behind their steering wheels, texting and talking on their mobiles , blissfully unaware of the danger they are creating for themselves and the other vehicles on the roads especially on those freeways and highways where a split second diversion can cause fatal accidents.
Five thousand deaths due to texting is just US alone!! What will be the figure worldwide? Just hazard a guess.
Isn't it a wake up call for all those law makers to make very stringent laws against such behavior by the careless drivers?
Isn't it also a wake up call for all those car designers who are keen to add more and more gizmos and infotainment accessories to their new models to beat the competition?
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