As Jim Morrison of The Doors sang, "the road, your hands upon the ." This is truer than ever these days.
Living now in Washington state in a small city, my wife and I find that, and distracted driving are more common than we remember as kids growing up in the USA. The main reason is distracted driving due to .
Our state is nowpass a law banning the use of all handheld devices when driving. It’s called the Driving Electronics Act. In the first two weeks of April, the state spent $400,000 (yen44 million) from the federal government to pay for an extra 6,000 to check for distracted drivers. One-third of the road deaths in the state in 2015 were due to distracted driving, according to the Washington Transportation Safety Commission.
Some new cars have systems that can automatically stop to avoid a crash or let you know when youlanes. But, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission says, "Until there are driver-free cars, pay attention to the road."
Even hands-free audio and video can beand cause accidents or deaths, regardless of whether you or .
Studies show that a driver talking on a cellphone drives as badly as if they had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent. A driver texting is like having a BAC of 0.16 percent.
You may have read of the truck driver who was playing Pokemon Go when he hit and killed a 9-year-old boy on ain Aichi Prefecture. Here in Washington state, a highway construction was killed by a texting driver. The truck driver in Japan got three years in prison. The driver in my state , which could mean up to 20 months in jail.
In the USA, talking on a mobile phone while driving is only banned in 14 states, but texting while driving is banned in 46 of the 50 states.
People used to say that driving one-handed was theof the problem, but it now looks like the source of the problem goes deeper. I teach a lot of students remotely in the Middle East. When I see them driving while chatting to me, the first thing I say is, " and stop!"
When we lived in Tokyo, the U.S. military radio oftena public service on distracted driving. The would tell the driver to turn off his phone, informing him how many people were killed by distracted driving, and adding, "I’m not trying to be one of them!" Exactly!
The Japan Times ST: April 28, 2017