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Dictating While Driving: As Dangerous As Typing
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Leo Regulus
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4/24/2013 | 6:49:10 PM
re: Dictating While Driving: As Dangerous As Typing
Thank you for your comments.

What we are really talking about here is 'deliberate distracted driving'.

It matters little if you are texting, talking or attending a misbehaving child in the back seat. All of these practices are as dangerous as driving under the influence.

Multi-tasking of any kind has no place behind the wheel of a vehicle moving oin the highway.

Thank you for keeping ALL of your attention on the road.
Thomas Claburn
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4/23/2013 | 10:51:05 PM
re: Dictating While Driving: As Dangerous As Typing
Trying to change stations or input sources on the car radio is at least as distracting.
Nathan Golia
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4/23/2013 | 8:03:13 PM
re: Dictating While Driving: As Dangerous As Typing
Hm, the numbers in this comment seem to check out from some census data I found. But I definitely have seen a correlation between erratic driving and device usage, even here in Brooklyn where erratic driving is the norm. In addition, when I for some reason have to use a smartphone while driving Gă÷ something I try very hard to avoid Gă÷ I definitely do not feel as in control of the car as I do when I'm changing the radio or reading a billboard. It's true that this is anecdotal, but I still think using a device while driving should be discouraged and avoided.
AustinIT
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4/23/2013 | 8:02:58 PM
re: Dictating While Driving: As Dangerous As Typing
There's a pretty decent series called "Brain Games" running on NatGeo. Although the brain is quite phenomenal, it is easily distracted and can really only focus on one thing at a time.
Deirdre Blake
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4/23/2013 | 7:02:06 PM
re: Dictating While Driving: As Dangerous As Typing
I hadn't heard that story about phone usage and accident rates in California, where can I find the study?
cfbcfb
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4/23/2013 | 3:17:39 PM
re: Dictating While Driving: As Dangerous As Typing
Lets clear up all of the 'distracted while driving' shenanigans. The accident rate today is the same as it was ten and twenty years ago. And less than it was 30 years ago. If using a phone increased the odds of an accident, the accident rate would have gone up in lock step with the adoption of phones in cars. But it didn't.

Why? I learned to drive in the 70's. We had bad drivers then, people eating, drinking, smoking, putting on makeup, playing with the radio and 8 track player, reading bill boards, checking out hotties in the next car or on the sidewalk, etc. We just changed one set of distractions for another. Take the phone away, we'll find something else to play with while being bored behind the wheel.

A few years back when California wanted to pass legislation banning cell phone use while driving, they asked the CHP to come up with supporting data. The CHP was unable to do so, noting that there was no correlation (let alone causation) between phone use and accident rates. So they changed the metric to be that it was a phone related accident if a phone was present in either vehicle, in use or not. That worked.
Martin Middelmann
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4/23/2013 | 3:10:37 PM
re: Dictating While Driving: As Dangerous As Typing
Smartphones have horrible usability. One must be staring directly at then in order to accomplish any task. That is a result of poor interfaces on a touch screen device.

At least with feature phone in the past, you could dial a number by feel and never have to look at the phone.

Even the interface for navigation on Smartphones is lacking. My dedicated Garmin Nuvi is so much easier to operate than navigation on my smartphone. (not to mention the smartphones tent to overheat and fail when resting in a wind shield mount.)

People should be paying attention to operating the 1,000+ lb. metal object that could kill people is not used properly rather than what ever they feel necessary to do on a Smart Phone.

What is so freakin' important that it can't wait?

Driving used to be a relaxing escape into the spacial regions of the brain (yes, even in traffic). Trying to use a phone takes people away from using that spacial region and that severy impares driving.


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