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Study casts doubt on effectiveness of distracted driving laws

The Georgia General Assembly passed a distracted driving bill on March 29 that bans the use of cellphones by drivers. Hands-free devices are still permitted under House Bill 673, but the results of a study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas suggests that devices designed to allow drivers to keep their hands on the wheel may be just as dangerous as standard cellphones.

Autonomous vehicles and human driving behavior

Drivers in Georgia who are interested in the rise of autonomous vehicles may be interested to know that the programming the vehicles are equipped with may make them safety hazards on the road. According to one computer science professor, the programs direct them to drive as humans would, and as a result, the vehicles are prone to making the same driving mistakes as humans.

Distracted driving on the rise alongside awareness

Drivers in Georgia and across the United States are aware of the dangers of distracted driving. However, a recent study shows that while many drivers recognize the risks posed by chatting on a cell phone, texting or emailing behind the wheel, they continue to engage in such activities. The survey was conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety as part of an annual Traffic Safety Culture Index.

Safe driving after daylight saving time

The AAA is cautioning drivers in Georgia and the rest of the country to take extra precautions when driving after daylight saving time. The results of a study completed by the AAA shows that driving while drowsy contributes to almost 10 percent of motor vehicle crashes. The loss of one hour of sleep does cause drowsy driving, even if many people believe that they are rested enough.

Autonomous vehicle technology is already saving lives

Companies like Google and Volvo have predicted that self-driving cars will make the roads in Georgia and elsewhere around the country far safer. Several auto manufacturers have vowed to introduce a fully autonomous vehicle within five years, but the technology that will take human beings out of the driving equation is already preventing accidents and saving lives. Even modestly priced family sedans are beginning to feature sophisticated systems that monitor road conditions and take action in emergency situations, and this kind of safety equipment is likely to become more and more common as the age of autonomous vehicles draws closer.