jenrgw Are we Talking About Distracted Driving the Right Way?

For years the government and interested parties have been fighting distracted driving by comparing it to drunk driving. Comparisons were drawn between how a drunk driver and a distracted driver endanger others and how they may justify behavior that they know could be fatal.

While there is truth to the drunk driving comparison it may not be the only useful way to frame the distracted driving conversation. Earlier this month, when the NTSB recommended that all cell phone use by banned for all drivers, it likened the problem of distracted driving to smoking.

How May Distracted Driving be Like Smoking?

In one very obvious, and potentially deadly, way: both distracted driving and smoking may be addictions. People who talk on their cell phones while driving, text and drive, check their emails or surf the web may literally be addicted to their electronic devices.

Why The Way We Talk About the Problem Matters

If using a cell phone while driving, or more accurately not being able to refrain from using a cell while driving, is seen as an addiction then the efforts to combat the problem may change. More effort may be put into fighting the addiction, providing warnings and educating people about the potentially fatal effects of distracted driving – just like was done with smoking.

What do you think? Would such an approach be useful in the fight against distracted driving?

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