Are Carmakers and Tech Companies Making Distracted Driving Worse?

by Carmen Dellutri on August 13, 2013

Accident lawyer Fort MyersDeparting Department of Transportation Secretary Ray La Hood had some tough words for automotive and technology companies on his way out the door. He alleged that the two industries are contributing to the distracted driving epidemic on our roadways.

According to LaHood, car and tech companies should follow the lead of how beer companies have alerted the public to the risks of impaired driving.

“We need to get that same kind of commitment from the tech industry,” he said. “They’re not there yet, and neither are the car companies.”

As LaHood notes, both industries are part of the problem rather than the solution, by touting the benefits of remaining “connected” on the road and building the technology that makes it possible. While the companies maintain that in-car devices are safer than using a traditional hand-held cell phone, several studies have found otherwise.

“If somebody is trying to dial a number, even if it’s voice-activated, they’re obviously distracted from what they’re supposed to be doing, and in many instances, people are driving 50 or 60 miles per hour,” LaHood noted.

He also argues that making electronic technology part of the vehicle only feeds our addiction. “The problem in America is our cellphones are, in a sense, like alcohol. We’re hooked on them and can’t put them down when behind the wheel of the car, when we’re driving,” Mr. LaHood said. “We’re hooked on these devices and can’t put them down, anyplace, anytime, anywhere.”

Source: New York Times

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