In what is believed to be the first pedestrian death associated with a self-driving technology, an autonomous car struck and killed an Arizona woman in a crosswalk last month, resulting in the suspension of the self- driving program in the area.
As technology progresses at lightning speed, society has realized many improvements, however, when it comes to travel, technology has run into problems. Not only are self-driving cars now affixed with a question mark, but many continue to be concerned about the role that smart phones play in driver distraction.
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including texting or talking on the phone, talking to passengers in the car, eating or drinking, adjusting the stereo or using a GPS navigation system — anything that takes a drivers eyes off the road.
Texting and social media engagement are the most alarming distractions by far. Sending and reading electronic messages takes drivers’ eyes off the road for as many as 5 seconds, which at 55 mph, is like traveling the distance of an entire football field with your eyes closed.
In 2016 alone, over three thousand people were killed and hundreds of thousands of people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers, many of them using today’s technologies.
We are in a time of technological advances and the rules of engagement when it comes to driving safely have not caught up. Until there is more awareness regarding the dangers of texting while driving and distracted driving overall, motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians will continue to be at increased risk.
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