News

Distracted Driving Could Be Emblematic of Society

Distracted Driving Could Be Emblematic of Society

Photo: Associated Press

Cars are safer, roads are safer, drivers are stoopider.

Sounds harsh, but we’re hearing plenty about “distracted driving,” coinciding with the popularity of smartphones. The Illinois Department of Transportation’s state safety engineer, Priscilla Tobias, says this could be an effect of society as much as it is technology.

“I see that today, compared to maybe twenty years ago, kids are in a lot of activities. People are a lot busier in their day-to-day life than they ever were,” she says. “I find myself, I start out the morning somewhat distracted when I leave the house, because I’ve got a lot of things going on.”

Tobias says with the safety features in today’s vehicles, including some autonomous elements, the IDOT mantra of “Driving Zero Fatalities to Reality” could be within sight..

Tobias helped lead a “safety summit” IDOT held in Springfield Tuesday and Wednesday.

Recent Headlines

in Local

U of I Professor Says Review of Criminal Code is a Good Idea

Law Talk

Johnson says State's criminal code is confusing.

in Local

March Comes Roaring Into Central Illinois Like A Lion

snow1

The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning drivers about potentially hazardous travel conditions as a winter storm moves through the…

in Local

Local Expert Favors Net Neutrality

Internet

UIS expert says those without "deep pockets" will have equal access to internet.

in Local

Rauner Holding Fast to Reallocation to Get Through Rest of the Fiscal Year

rauner

The Governor holds General Assembly responsible for budget shortfalls.