Some recent studies suggest that the auto industry is making progress in the development of the self-driving car.
The studies centered on two automated safety features available on some newer cars: Read the rest »
You and your spouse have loaded up the kiddos. You’ve brought plenty of snacks and drinks and blankets and pillows, along with games or books or anything that will help pass the time. You’ve done your vehicle maintenance—yep, everything looks good there. You’ve got a heck of a long journey ahead of you, so it’s time to strap in and hit that long road. Read the rest »
Tammy Watts, a 34-year-old woman from San Diego, was being released from prison after 180 days. She entered the press room. She carefully walked to the table, head down, and took her seat. Silence filled the room as she pulled out a small piece of yellow legal-pad notebook paper. Her hands trembled as she unfolded the paper, its crackling through the microphone as loud as a jet engine. After a moment, she leaned into the microphone and began to speak. Read the rest »
“I’m the best driver I know,” says John, a man from Encinitas. “In fact, if there was test I could take, or some kind of competition I could enter, like a contest for driving—and I don’t mean like auto racing or cop kind of driving. I mean, just regular, ho-hum kind of driving that we all do, like going to work and picking up the kids and going to the grocery store. Freeways, neighborhoods, all that kind of driving. I think—heck, I know I would win that competition hands down.” Read the rest »
Jeremy, a 34-year-old man, worked in downtown San Diego and usually took his lunch break in the warm, comfortable afternoons. He would walk over to his favorite sushi place or go over to the deli where Bill made his favorite turkey and avocado sandwich. Since downtown is a bustling area with lots of cars, buses, and pedestrians, Jeremy was aware of the dangers of jaywalking and followed the traffic lights accordingly.
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of San Diego car accidents. And the problem is not going away any time soon. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,154 people were killed in auto accidents involving distracted drivers in the year 2013. About 400,000 people were injured in distraction-related crashes. Read the rest »
For years, Californians have enjoyed the privilege of wearing ear buds while they drive around town or biking along city streets. Whether you were talking to a co-worker or listening to the new Rihanna, you could hear everything loud and clear without any distractions. Lawmakers in Sacramento, however, saw it differently. They, along with some concerned specialists and citizens determined the ear buds posed a real threat driver safety. So starting January 1st, drivers and cyclists living in the state of California are no longer be permitted to wear buds in both ears while operating their vehicle of choice. Read the rest »
Six years ago, the state of California banned the use of cellphones while driving (except for hands-free technology). Those under 18-years-old are banned from even using hands-free technology and everybody in the state is banned from texting while driving.
Ostensibly, the laws were enacted to reduce accidents caused by those using mobile devices while driving. But, has that proven to be the case?
According to a study recently published in the Journal of Transportation Research, the answer is: No.
The study looked at the accident rates in California six months prior to the cellphone ban and six months after.
“Our main result was that we found no evidence that the California cellphone ban decreased accidents,” one of the lead authors of the study said. “This is surprising because a lot of prior studies had shown that people who talk on cellphones, while driving, are just as impaired as people who are intoxicated.” Read the rest »
The parents of a toddler who was killed by a driver who failed to stop at a stop sign recently confronted the driver at his sentencing hearing in a San Diego courtroom.
“This man basically killed me. He took my son’s life,” the father said through a translator. “All I ask is that justice be done,” NBC News San Diego reported.
The tragic accident occurred in Encinitas on Nov 1, 2013. The three-year-old boy was walking with his mother when a vehicle struck him. Prosecutors contended that the driver had been rushing to work and had failed to stop at a stop sign on the 400-block of Encinitas Boulevard.
Google Glass allows users to capture video, run searches, and perform other tasks without taking their hands off the wheel – but is it safe to use while driving? State, local, and even national governments are currently weighing the question and coming to very different answers.
In the United Kingdom, the Department of Transport initially considered making the use of Google Glass while driving illegal. Now, however, the agency is working with Google to consider the implications of current traffic laws on the use of Google Glass, as well as ways to make Glass use behind the wheel less risky for drivers. Read the rest »