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Distractions Cause Crashes

Highway deaths were up in 2005 for the first time in 19 years. One reason for that, according to a study by the government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is probably no surprise: distracted drivers. Distractions have always been an issue, but the new technologies that have burst on the scene have multiplied the problem. 

"Drivers talk on their cellphones. Check their e-mail or send text messages. Get directions from their GPS system. Pop a CD into their stereo. Change stations on satellite radio. Help their kids with the backseat DVD player." 

The study—which tracked hundreds of drivers in the Washington, D.C., area for over a year, and used sensor monitors to gather video and data about their behavior in the vehicles—"found that eight of 10 collisions or near-crashes involved a lack of attention from drivers" just before impact. 

The study found that "A driver's reaching for a moving object increased the risk" of a wreck nine times. Dialing a cellphone increased the risk of a wreck almost 3 times. Drowsy driving increased the likelihood of a wreck or near-wreck 4 to 6 times.  Distractions cause crashes.  

Reference: Ken Thomas, Associated Press, "Study links distractions to crashes," The Arizona Republic (4-21-06)

Information Overload

We live in a day of information overload.

There are 1408 daily newspapers in the U.S., 472 consumer magazines, and as of 2008 there was an average of 4.6 hours of news programming per day on local T.V. stations.... [Read More]

Reference: stateofthemedia.org and wikipedia.org