Our Tech Gadgets Are Being Blamed For Rise In Traffic Fatalities

Submitted by: trimble 5 months ago Tech
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If tech isn't busting you while you're cheating on your spouse, it's killing you.

An excerpt from the New York Times:

When distracted driving entered the national consciousness a decade ago, the problem was mainly people who made calls or sent texts from their cellphones. The solution then was to introduce new technologies to keep drivers’ hands on the wheel. Innovations since then — car Wi-Fi and a host of new apps — have led to a boom in internet use in vehicles that safety experts say is contributing to a surge in highway deaths.

After steady declines over the last four decades, highway fatalities last year recorded the largest annual percentage increase in 50 years. And the numbers so far this year are even worse. In the first six months of 2016, highway deaths jumped 10.4 percent, to 17,775, from the comparable period of 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

There are 10 comments:
Male 1,906
Texting and driving is so inconsiderate, it makes me so frustrated and upset to see people driving and doing the look-down-look-up-look-down-look-up, because its so careless and dangerous - especially when it just takes a split second for the road situation to suddenly change. Sure, it may not happen very often, but that's no excuse to not pay attention. But it's not just drivers, one time i was in a car, and we were driving down the street through a green-lit intersection and a walker looking down at their phone just walked right out, off the sidewalk and right into the oncoming traffic. Luckily the driver was quick to react, because the roads were covered in snow and the slide extended, and stopped just 1ft away from hitting her. Had they been just a few moments slower or slightly distracted, the lady's had likely would have ended up in the windshield. She was rightfully embarrassed, and the driver looked at her and just held his hands up in the air looking at her, as if to say "what the heck were you thinking?"
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Male 3,293
Yeah, cell phones are great. Now we mostly see the top of others heads and their finger flicking across the phone. They have also made words and terms like "what?, come again?, sorry, can you repeat that? Are you still there?' etc.
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Male 835
Yeah, I've seen similar situations before. At least the pedestrian in your example had the good grace to be embarrassed by what happened. I've seen people like that before that either didn't have a clue how close they just came to being hit, or else try to blame the drive for the whole thing!
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Male 1,906
Maybe quadcopters can fight against this kind of thing.. to see what's on a driver's lap and also able to id people and plates. There was a story a few weeks back about police who use a bus. An officer on the bus is high enough to see everything going on in the driver's lap, and when they saw an offender they radioed for a car following a few KM behind the description and plate. Apparently it has lowered the incidents, but it could possibly be just incidents around busses.
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Male 1,906
Maye drones would be a good weapon in the fight against this kind of thing.. high enough to see whats on a driver's lap they keep looking down at, and also able to id people and plates. There was a story a week ago about how the police in a city nearby started using busses on the highway. What they do is tint/darken the windows and set up camera equipment. The bus is high enough to see everything going on in the driver's lap, and several cars followed a few KM behind the bus. As soon as an officer on the bus saw one, they radioed for a car behind the description and plate. Apparently it lowered texting and driving there significantly.
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Male 1,906
jeez, i thought this failed to post so that's why i posted that one \/
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Male 835
Blame the tech if you want, but its actually even simpler than that. PEOPLE CAN'T FUCKING DRIVE!!!! With my job, I drive a lot, sometimes over a thousand miles a week. There are woefully few actual "drivers" these days, and they are mostly the older generations. Most people "driving" these days are nothing more than what I call "steering wheel holders". They aren't driving, they are just a warm body sitting there holding a steering wheel, totally oblivious to whats going on around them.
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Male 3,293
Amen. And what is our baby-sitting society's solution? Cars that put on the brakes for them because they cant be bothered to be distracted from everything but driving.
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Male 525
Was the article written by Capt. Obvious?
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