Technology won’t save us from distracted driving

Here’s some sobering news as we wait, likely in vain, for the state Legislature to pass a hands-free cellphone law before the end of the year: Our cars aren’t going to save us from our own distraction.

According to AAA, the automated emergency braking systems found in many newer cars work only intermittently and are “completely ineffective” at night.

The not-for-profit auto club called the results of its study “alarming,” noting that 75 percent of the roughly 6,000 pedestrian fatalities happen at night, a percentage that has grown over the past decade — coinciding with increase in in-car distractions from smartphones.