going more than 80 mph, slammed into a tanker truck that was slowly creeping up a hill at 15 mph. She was killed instantly
How much stuff do you really need to do while you’re driving? Answer a phone call? Get directions? Eat a sandwich, watch a movie, reply to a text—maybe all at once? No problem! <-sarcasm.
We’ve written about this before and finally, it is dawning on car makers that all these distractions might be a bad thing.
Let’s see what happens to dashboards after a multi-million-dollar lawsuit when someone claims that car makers have liability for an accident or injury caused by a distracted driver.
Listening to music didn’t increase the number of accidents, but chatting on a phone did, even for athletes. No amount of sports training, Ms. Chaddock said, seems likely to make walking and talking in traffic a wise move.
In New York, a bill is pending in the legislature’s transportation committee that would ban the use of mobile phones, iPods or other electronic devices while crossing streets — runners and other exercisers included. Legislation pending in Oregon would restrict bicyclists from using mobile phones and music players, and a Virginia bill would keep such riders from using a “hand-held communication device.”
The impression most people who call themselves multitaskers have is that they are simultaneously completing more than one task when it’s impossible in a normally functioning cognitive brain function. They forget that there’s an extremely short space between the tasks, just like none of us recognize or even care to notice the spaces between the images of a DVD movie frames. Yes, there are tiny spaces in those movies too!
I am not preaching from an ivory tower here folks. I am one of the struggling professionals who has found himself raked over the coals after crawling on glass after being stretched to the breaking point time and time again but what I am telling you is that I am not letting the enemy Multitasking dominate as much of my life and you can too.