WhyFILES on texting + driving thumbs down
October 1st, 2009

trainwreck
The WhyFILES from the University of Wisconsin are choice treatments in web style of informative subjects. The most recent topic is “Thumbs down! Texting + driving = disaster on the road.” A feature in this treatment of the dangers is the 2008 Chatsworth, California head-on train wreck that killed 25 people. An animation of the two trains and their respective warning signals is included in a linked report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Other information in this WhyFILE includes this summary of stats:

Cellphoning behind the wheel (and its evil twin driving while texting) are major elements of the problem of distracted driving, which is blamed for at least one-quarter of highway accidents. According to an estimate from the American Automobile Association, distractions cause between 4,000 and 8,000 crashes a day. Other distractions include searching for a candy bar, lighting a cigarette and swatting flies.

On the same subject, the New York Times has an article today called, “At 60 M.P.H., Office Work Is High Risk.”


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