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Total portable electronic device ban doesn't make sense

2011-12-19

Queen’s University School of Computing PhD student Ed Koush is available to comment on the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board’s recent recommendation to ban the non-emergency use of all portable electronic devices while driving, including hands-free devices.

“In my opinion, this makes little or no sense. While some people may act irresponsibly with technology, others may use it in a safe and constructive way.  Banning hands-free is not a fair judgment or one that makes complete sense,” says Mr. Koush. “Technology, when put to good use, can be deployed to assist us with driving safely. Take for example, GPS-enabled smart-phones with text-to-speech features. Another good example of assisting technologies is Google's research on self-driving robotic cars, which is a research that promotes an accident-free future. Technology has become woven into the fabric of our daily lives. It cannot be simply banned at this point. Instead, educate drivers on using technology the safe way while driving.”

Last year, in the United States, more than 3,000 people lost their lives in distraction-related accidents.

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