GM To Start Producing Vehicles with Motion Sensors to Detect Distracted Driving

 In Law Planet

distracteddrivingGeneral Motors (GM) has constantly been portrayed negatively in the news this year with the many recalls they have announced on their vehicles. This time the company may have some positive news to announce. It has recently been reported that GM will start to include sensors into their vehicles to prevent distracted driving.  These sensors will detect the drivers head rotation as well as blinking and eye movements. If the sensors see a prolonged movement of either the eyes, head or both they will alert the driver.

General Motors has yet to comment on the possibility of these sensors being added but there have been reports that the company’s next generation of cars will include this technology. Could this be the next step in the prevention of distracted driving?

What is distracted driving?

Distracted driving is considered anything that pulls your eyes away from the road. Some distractions include changing the radio or the song on your iPod, eating, drinking, turning to talk to passengers, looking at a map, talking on the phone and texting. These are all examples of internal distractions or distractions that take place within the car. Distracted driving can also include external distractions which are distractions that occur outside of the car. These types of distractions would include looking at the scenery, reading a sign or watching other motorists.

Florida is one of the worst offenders of distracted driving causing the state to be listed sixth in the country’s worst drivers list and first on a distracted drivers list. However, the problem exists throughout the whole country. Several states have now banned texting while driving and have made it a criminal defense.  Here in Florida it is only a secondary offense. This means you cannot be pulled over for texting alone. There must be another reason to encourage a pull-over, like speeding, running a red light or stop sign, or causing an accident. Once you have been pulled over and known that you were texting the offense can be added to the fine. Legislatures are working on making this law even stricter in Florida.

Preventing Distracted Driving

You can prevent distracted driving in many ways, including putting your phone in the back seat and making one of your passengers a designated texter/caller. At LaBovick Law Group, we are committed to helping end distracted driving, especially texting while driving. We’ve teamed up with The Dori Slosberg Foundation to educate high school students, parents and teachers of the legal ramifications and realities of driving distracted. This is one of Brian LaBovick’s greatest passions!

If you or a family member has been injured by a distracted driver call us today for a free consultation. The LaBovick Law Group is committed to stopping distracted driving, and we want to help get you through this process. 

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