Distracted Driving

Motorcycle.com Staff
by Motorcycle.com Staff
Distracted driving is becoming the norm on American roadways. Does this have anything to do with the rise in motorcycle accidents and deaths of recent years? Your opinions and observations would be most appreciated.

It's odd that this recent rise in the motorcycle accident rate seems to coincide with new ways that car drivers can be entertained while driving. Fancy new GPS systems, cell phones that broadcast pictures, iPods that feature TV shows and movies, smaller and cheaper DVD players that can sit atop a dashboard, the list goes on.

Last night I was abruptly cut off by a driver who was chatting on his cell phone AND watching television (I followed the car for awhile to ensure it wasn't just a feature packed GPS on his dashboard - it wasn't). He seemed to be paying no attention whatsoever to what was going on around him, despite being on a crowded, twisty freeway (Highway 17).

I'd like to go out on a limb and suggest that the increased motorcycle accident / death rate on American roads is not due to rider training issues but is most likely caused by drivers paying less and less attention to what is going on around them.

European visitors, driving in the States, have been shocked (and frequently scared speechless) by our distracted drivers. They cannot understand how it is possible to drive, watch TV, drink coffee, and play with kids at the same time. The truth is; it isn't.

The fact is simply that we, the motorcycling public, are paying the high price for their inattentiveness.

In the immortal words of Sgt Phil Esterhouse: Hey, let's be careful out there!
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