U.S. traffic officials who hope to get drivers to slow down may have found something that works: a GPS device that gives drivers a financial incentive not to speed. Some 12,000 Americans die every year in traffic crashes caused by speeding, according to government statistics.
Just a few years after most people sent their first text message, texting while driving is already banned in 19 states. This swift public policy action banning talking or texting on mobile phones while driving is in stark contrast to what happened in the 1970s when people tried to get the public to take drunk driving seriously, says Chuck Hurley, the chief executive officer of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD.
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In this episode:
The safety of voice-recognition interfaces Driving etiquette: turn signals, merging, tailgating The hand-wave and the finger Backing into parking spots Driver prediction and accident avoidance Our past traffic violations