Advance Media’s Larry Higgs reported last week on a recently released State Police analysis showing that in 2018 there were 146 fatal crashes caused by driver inattention as compared to 143 caused by driver intoxication.
This is a result of progress – progress that we need to reverse.
A mere fifteen years ago I bought a Mazda-6 station wagon with a 235-horsepower motor and a five-speed.
I loved driving it. What I particularly liked is that most of the important controls were on the steering column. I could change radio stations, load CD’s and control the volume without taking my hands off the wheel.
This was real progress, I thought. But before long automakers decided to focus the driver’s attention back to the middle of the dashboard.
They installed TV screens that turned the typical automobile console into a touch screen better suited to an i-phone or a laptop.