The other day I was driving my boys home from our morning activities and I came up on a car who was crossing into the lane I was in. Living in Las Vegas you never know when you will encounter a drunk driver, but this driver wasn’t drunk. When it seems safe I made my move to go past her, and found her with her phone up inches from her face texting. She was barely looking at the road! I have to be honest, it made me really mad! What text message was so important that she felt okay putting her life, and the lives of the other drivers on the road in danger?
Texting while driving is something I see ALL THE TIME while driving, and it is illegal in Las Vegas. But apparently the fine doesn’t deter a lot of people.
According to the site textinganddrivingsafty.com texting is really dangerous and is the cause of many car accidents. Did you know in 2011 that at least 23% of accidents involved a cell phone? That is 1.3 MILLION car crashes! Texting while driving also makes it over 23 times more likely to get into a car crash because texting takes your eyes off the road for a minimum of 5 seconds, and often longer!
This week the Consumer Electronic Show is in town. This is one of the largest conventions that comes to Las Vegas, and it focuses of all the new technology coming to the market. This year a lot of car companies are debuting cars with technology that scares me. Including internet services, in-car apps, and even behind the wheel video conferencing! Talk about distracted driving! Audi and Toyota even unveiled cars that drive themselves. While they don’t allow for full automated driving, they do add sensors that allow the car to react lane lines, other vehicles, and traffic signals that are supposed to help the driver avoid collisions. I wonder though if the lady who had her phone inches from her face texting and driving will see it as another opportunity to pay even less attention to the road.
The car makers are arguing that if they make everything hands free it will be safer for those who are already using these services in their cars. I, however, would much prefer an app that disables the ability to use my phone while driving, because even though it makes me so upset to see others texting while driving, I am guilty of checking my texts at a red light.
I don’t know about you but the thought of an automobile accident litigation process as a result of texting while driving is scary, but the thought of endangering my children and the lives of others for a simple text message just isn’t worth it to me.
What do you think about the new technology being introduced?
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