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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Situational Awareness

The reason that there are so many collisions attributed to red light cameras is not the cameras themselves. The problem is a phenomon simply called situational awareness. When a person is driving a car, that person needs to be aware of what is going around them. If all they are doing is reacting to what is happening in their surroundings, there is a term for that person. That word is tumbleweed. That is, they are not taking in the entire picture of what is going around them.

That is when that person gets into trouble and people get hurt. When a person is having a conversation on a cell phone, as much as 70% of their concentration goes from their immediate surroundings to the conversation. This is happening when all their focus should be on what they are doing and where they are going.

The situational awareness problem gets even worse when text messaging while some on is driving. To send or recieve a text message, one must take their eyes off the road. That is when they start weaving in traffic, blowing red lights, and causing general mayhem.


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