Safety Versus Freedom
Nathan Seppa, of Science News, authored an excellent article last week entitled "Impactful Distraction - Talking while driving poses dangers that people seem unable to see."
The article touches upon many of the important issues in the distracted driving market including:
- Competing interests between (a) science which has clearly established the dangers of distracted driving, (b) individual freedom which resists the government imposing regulations and (c) legislation which attempts to balance the interests of safety and freedom
- Psychology that individuals believe distracted driving to be very dangerous for others but safe for themselves
- Dangers of handsfree usage and the absence of legislation dealing with such dangers
There are several excellent infographics included in the article including the one shown below related to tunnel vision (or distractions which draw attention away from the routines that would provide a good representation of the driving environment) and "inattentional blindness" (or looking at something and not seeing it because the mind is elsewhere).