(Des Moines) There have been some new reports out of Washington this week about the dangers of texting and driving. Tim Brown is a researcher at the National Advanced driving simulator in Iowa City. He says they are finding new ways to detect, distracted driving.
“Just looking at how we can detect based on how the vehicle is being operated and whether the driver is impaired,” said Brown. “Now can we tell that the driver is not driving normally so we can provide some type of feedback that helps mitigate the impairment that the driver is experiencing.”
Brown says it could lead to an audible alarm for the driver, aimed at correcting unsafe practices. He also notes, traffic safety experts worry about texting, at a constant speed, but he says there actually could be even more danger connected to “texting” while driving at lower speeds, such as parking lots and in residential neighborhoods because drivers must “expect” the unexpected in such areas.
Iowa Radio Network
April 15, 2013