In BC, we are about half way through the RCMP’s distracted driving awareness month. Injuries and fatalities caused by distracted driving remain high and Secretary Ray LaHood’s recent announcement calls on automakers to actively help address the issue with Proposed ‘Distraction’ Guidelines for Automakers.
Ian Duncan, with The Vancouver Sun, covers how these guidelines will impact Canadian drivers because of the close link between the American and Canadian auto industry – U.S. asks automakers to tackle driver distraction using technology.
So, will more technology guidelines help the issue of distracted driving? I’m not sure when it can take less than a second for a close call to become a collision. Will only allowing a maximum of seven button pushes and no more than a two-second glance at the screen be enough to keep drivers focused on the road? Clearly, you can’t legislate or apply guidelines to address common sense. It is impossible to keep your eyes on the road EVERY second and no one is a perfect driver; so, perhaps the best we can hope for is to limit ease of access to the multitude of in-car distractions.
Source: Law Offices of Daniel R. Rosen.