345 Blog Posts From the John Carr Tag


Friends don’t let friends drive Android

Friends don’t let friends drive Android

Another report on distracted driving came out recently. Most people saw typical press release fluff with a bar graph with no obvious scale showing how reaction time differed depending on what drivers were doing. Driving drunk was the best thing you could do short of driving sober. Using a touch screen infotainment system was the […]

Fear no evil

Fear no evil

There’s a Billy Joel lyric I’ve always liked. “They will tell you you can’t sleep alone in a strange place. Then they’ll tell you you can’t sleep with somebody else.” Such is driving in the age of fear. We’ve always been told we have to slow down because of all the traffic… and then when […]

The age of fear

The age of fear

I have often wondered how much better driving would be if police were afraid to run speed traps. Obviously it’s not an experiment we can do ourselves. Nature has done it for us. I haven’t seen a police car near the illegal 20 mph speed limit sign recently. My town stopped traffic enforcement over two weeks […]

The lens of Damocles

The lens of Damocles

The Massachusetts Senate is close to approving a bill allowing widespread use of ticket cameras. There were some preliminary votes a couple weeks ago. A slim majority seemed to support it, but perhaps in response to public comments a final vote was put off. Politicians hate it when voters find out what they’re up to. […]

Reduced speed traps boost safety in Colorado

Reduced speed traps boost safety in Colorado

A story from Colorado hit my inbox this morning. With fewer speed traps on I-70 near Grand Junction the highway is safer. That’s not what the reporter wants us to believe, but it’s at least as true as the conclusion he drew. Here are the facts. The road had seen “some pretty graphic accidents” so […]

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