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More than just a passing distraction

October 15, 2012 6:00 am Published by Comments Off on More than just a passing distraction

A new device promises to limit young peoples’ ability to use their handheld device while behind the wheel, the Wall Street Journal reports.

California-based Location Labs is selling a tool that detects when the phone is in a moving car and limits the owner’s ability to make calls and texts.

Features include cellphone screen lock, automatic voicemail activation, and the ability for parents to monitor their teen’s device.

This device is all well and good, but this scenario begs a question: what about adults who are distracted drivers? Who is monitoring them?

There have been countless vehicle crashes, often resulting in injury and death, that have been caused by adults who should know better. Humans are unable to “multitask” effectively while driving, whether one is 17 or 37.

And it doesn’t have everything to do with cellphones – distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. In this Southern California car culture, this can mean anything from messing with the music system, to applying makeup, to eating breakfast during the morning commute.

It’s up to adults to be responsible, to show everyone, including youth people that it’s not okay to be a distracted driver. It’s up to everyone — adults, teens, and kids — to make work together to make change, and to keep our eyes on the road.

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