Don’t Map and Drive

Don’t text and drive.  We’ve all seen the commercials.  They invoke feelings of fear and sympathy for the victims of distracted driver accidents to encourage us to avoid the temptation of our phones while driving.  Since the development of the smartphone, especially the iPhone, distracted driving due to mobile device usage has increased exponentially.


As distracted driving as a result of mobile phone usage increases, so do the number of related accidents.  Several years ago, the biggest killer of car related accidents was due to intoxication.  Now, texting has surpassed alcohol as the number 1 cause of car accidents primarily due to the lengthened reaction time and elongated reaction distance.




As mobile technology advances, government officials are forced to adapt the laws to protect the people.  Initially, the first laws against phone usage banned talking and texting while driving to prevent phone related motor vehicle accidents.  However, these laws failed to address the usage of mapping and direction applications, which are also a large contributor to the distracted driver.  In California, Judge Brian Alvarez argued to reword the law to state that any action dealing with a mobile device that distracts the hands from driving is prohibited.  This includes texting, checking e-mails, and using any application.  Essentially, the only legal usage of the mobile phone while driving is through voice commands and Siri.

However, the law cannot stop everyone from distracted driving.  But to discourage drivers from using their phones while driving AT&T developed a simulation technology to show users that texting while driving is not worth losing a life.



8 thoughts on “Don’t Map and Drive

  1. This is a very interesting blog post, and it is an important topic. I bet all of us can relate to being distracted by our phones and doing something dangerous because we were paying more attention to our technology than to what is in front of us. When we are constantly checking our phones all day, it is hard to stop the habit while driving or doing other activities. There needs to be a sense of responsibility for our livelihood and the safety of others when we use technology. I really liked your use of videos and graphs in your post. I thought it added a lot to your post, but it might be helpful for you to summarize the videos a little bit because some people might not watch the entire videos. I was pretty surprised that texting has surpassed intoxication as the number one cause of car accidents. It is scary how much texting affects the reaction time of the driver. I think it is a good idea that parents can disable texting and calling on their children’s phones while driving. Even though usage of phone affects people of all ages, I feel that it is most dangerous for younger teens because they are inexperienced drivers and many have a notion that nothing bad will happen to them while driving. It is incredibly important that phones continue to develop apps to help keep drivers safe and figure out solutions to the problem, such as sending automated text messages saying, “I am behind the wheel and will respond to you after.” This is definitely a concerning topic because it affects all of us who are on the road, whether we are texting or not because we have to depend on the safe behavior of other drivers.

  2. I think this is a great post because of the relevance to most people in the class. We see these warnings almost everyday and yet there is still a huge problem with this. What I have never seen before is the graph that shows the graph that shows that the iphone is the phone that is most used while driving. This is not surprising. What I liked about this was that you addressed that texting and driving isnt the only issue anymore. The maps on the smartphone are also a huge issue. When someone doesn’t know where they are going and are using a map and trying to find directions, it is a recipe for disaster. I think this is a really important issue to address and I really liked your post. It had a great use of pictures and videos.

  3. Very good post and very relevant to everyone in our class. Most, if not all of us have smartphones and there are so many distractions that go along with this; I really like that you brought up the distractions that maps and GPS apps present as it is just more time the driver is looking at their phone instead of the road. However, I have seen phone mounts that allow you to attach your phone to the dashboard just like a GPS, which is very useful because it eliminates a lot of the distraction. You had a really good use of charts and graphs in your blog which really supported your point nicely.

  4. This is a very well written blog post. I like the way you backed up your claims with relevant charts and videos. This post affects each and every one of us each and every day. Whether we are driving in the car, a passenger, or even just a pedestrian crossing the street, we are all at risk for the adverse consequences of texting and driving. Like Tim said in the previous comment, texting is not the only distraction we have on our smartphones, there are features such as GPS that are to be used while driving for navigation.

  5. I thought this blog post was very relevant to class and today’s society. I actually did a research paper on this last semester. It’s shocking but not surprising that texting and driving has surpassed intoxication. Kids are getting cell phones younger and younger and have become dependent on their cell phone usage. Driving while intexticated is more likely to happen more due to the young drivers who have cellphones because of the culture/myth surrounding texting and driving, they have a bigger window to text than drunk drivers (9am to 7pm rather than past midnight). Driving while texting has become a huge issue and legislation is started to catch up.

  6. Very relevant and excellent blog post that connects to a major issue in our society today. Since the domination of smartphones, texting is not the only issue we face while driving. There are various applications such as maps, music, facetime, and games that can distract any driver at a given time. With the cell phone being able to perform more daily tasks, I’m glad to see that legislation is attempting to solve the problem. Without it, distracted driving statistics will continue to rise. It’s amazing that some people understand that driving drunk is never okay yet have no problem answering the phone or responding to a text midday, when there are even more people on the road. What’s to come for the future of cell phones in automobiles?

  7. Very good blog post on an issue that will probably get worse before it gets better as more and more people turn to smartphones that easily distract us from the things around us. As you said texting while driving now accounts for more driving deaths than intoxication, which is a horrible statistic. The large number of people who do this think that its ok to check their phone quickly and that they are only taking their eyes off the wheel for a second, but they put themselves at an unimaginable risk. We have always been told not to drink and drive, but recently I have seen the increase pressure to not text and drive. I am hopeful that the legislation will work to reduce this statistic, but it will be a challenge to convince people to put down their phones. Is your life really worth that one text or Facebook message?

  8. Great post. Laws can only go so far to curb the dangers of texting and driving. I can imagine someone using the technology in a phone to limit texting when in a car or when traveling at some certain speeds. My own father texts and drives and there is nothing we can do to stop him. I’d love to see and app that would force his hand.

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