Smedley contends that due to technology available, all it takes is the will to restrain ourselves from looking away from the road. She believes the conversation should be educational and steered towards solutions, not problems.
Solutions included not trying to make people stop texting but to use voice control instead. If people used the technology available appropriately, it could prevent problems.
Smedley recommends education and use of tech tools to improve driver behavior using OBD.
She advocates that all states should prohibit all handheld use of cellphones for texting on electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle, allowing only hands free devices, as well as banning all handheld cellphones while driving except for emergency use.
Other Suggested Rules:
- Limit distractions in the dashboard, such as social media: Facebook and Twitter feeds, gaming, videos, photos.
- Create a governing body (comprised of independent individuals) to evaluate acceptable in-vehicle apps offered by OEMs, carriers, and developers to be incorporated in any and all vehicles.
- Hands-free usage should be tested by licensing departments.
On the other hand, the National Safety Council that recognizes April as National Safety Month, it advocates the following:
- Stop using cell phones while driving.
- Recognize that hands-free devices offer no safety benefit.
- Understand the dangers of the cognitive distraction to the brain.
- Tell others about the dangers of cell phone distracted driving.