Distracted driving: DOT says using navigational apps is as dangerous as texting and driving

Rapid evolution of smartphone apps leave a potentially dangerous gray area for police, motorists

Source: www.cbsnews.com

Can using navigational apps be as dangerous as texting and driving?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to issue voluntary guidelines for specific electronic devices including apps on smartphones. Right now, many states laws regarding smartphone usage while driving only refer to talking or texting on the phone. Using a navigational app is usually not covered by these laws.


My Take: The NHTSA and states need to go father than issue "voluntary" guidelines. Laws should prohibit all forms of distracting driving. Remember, there is no such thing as "safe" distracted driving. Distracted driving, in all of its forms, is dangerous. 


Source: CBS News


BBB’s Top Five Summer Scams

Source: www.bbb.org

The Better Business Bureau (BBB), which serves Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa, released its Top Five Summer Scams, including what they are and how to protect yourself.


The top 5 summer scams the BBB identified are:
> Vacation Scams (Don’t let a scam ruin your vacation)
> Moving Scam (Keep your belongings safe during your move)
> Concert Ticket Scams (Beware of summer concert ticket scams)
> Door-to-Door Scams (Be wary of high pressure door-to-door sales tactics)
> Job Scams (Beware of job scams that can turn a hot summer cold)


If you feel uneasy about something or it seems to good to be true it might very well be a scam. There are a lot of resources available to consumers to help them make sure something is not a scam. These include: lawyers; BBB; local, state and federal agencies; and Google searches.

Mental Distraction Rating System [Infographic]

Infographic by: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Source: exchange.aaa.com

Mental Distraction Rating System [Infographic] 


While some may only pose a "mild" or "moderate" danger, all distracted driving is dangerous. All it takes is 1 or 2 seconds of distraction for someone to be seriously hurt or killed.


Infographic by: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Lapin Law Offices’ Blogger Blog: Sexting and Surgery: Not the Right Prescription

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Jeffrey Lapin of Lapin Law Offices via Lapin Law Offices’ Blogger Blog

Jeffrey Lapin‘s insight:

Washington State doctor suspended, for among other things, allegedly sexting during surgery.


Read more:

Sexting and Surgery: Not the Right Prescription

See on lapinlawoffices.blogspot.com

Infographic: Teens in Cars

See on Scoop.itNebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information

Get the facts.

Jeffrey Lapin‘s insight:

Teens in Cars [Infographic]


This infographic by Safe Kids Worldwide contains important information regarding teen fatalities and the risky behaviors of not wearing seat belts and distracted driving.


Source: https://www.safekids.org/infographic/infographic-teens-cars

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Rumor: Google Exploring ‘KITT’ For Eyes-Free Functionality In The Car, Always-On Listening

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A while ago, we posted about information we’d received indicating that sometime soon, Google’s search functionality (and other actions) would be expanding… by Liam Spradlin in Android OS, Exclusives, Google, Leaks, News

Jeffrey Lapin‘s insight:

According to Liam Spradlin of Android Police, Google is apparently testing a new Android feature, nicknamed KITT, that would provide an "always-on voice" comment system that permit drivers or bike riders to do web searches and other actions while driving, biking, or doing other things that require your concentration.  My questions: Why does Google believe you to need to be able to search the web while driving? Other than directions, what would you need to search for on the web while driving?  If this rumor is accurate, this is yet another attempt to try to make distracted driving "safer." The problem is that there is no such thing: all distracted driving is dangerous.

See on www.androidpolice.com