Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tech Tuesday

My Tech Tuesday reading:
  • As Banks Start Nosing Around Facebook and Twitter, the Wrong Friends Might Just Sink Your Credit (Beta Beat)  
  • What is a Brand Worth Online?  (IdeaLab)  
  • Mobile App Trends 2012 (IT Business Edge)
  • A look back on what PC World said the hottest new innovations would be in 2009.  How did they do in their predictions?  (PC World)
  • 2012 Innovation Honors (International CES)
  • The NTSBs Proposed Phone Ban: Tech Policy Goes Off The Road
    (Consumer Electronics Association)
    * 2017 Update: The Truth and Consequences of Districted Driving (Best of Bikers). 
Question of The Day: Do you support the proposal by The National Transportation Safety Board to ban use of all portable electronic devices while driving?  Post your comments.

How I see it: While it always seems like a good idea to make laws to protect human life, we must think before we act.  Freedom of American citizens on the one hand, and the regulatory powers of government on the other, are always the politics of lawmaking. 

Adult Americans do not need a nanny state.  What we need is to learn how to be safe drivers and use technology responsibly.  Banning modern communication technologies will hurt jobs and business growth in this fragile time of economic recovery.  There must be a better way. 

If we all make our personal safety, as well as that of others a main priority while driving, and remember a motor vehicle is a powerful, and potentially deadly machine when not operated properly, we might pay a little more attention while driving.  Each of us making a choice to drive safely so we do not end a human life is one we should all make right now.   

Think about if you die from doing something stupid driving.  Who will be hurt by your death?  Think about killing another person.  Someone's father, or mother, or brother, or sister, or grandparent?  What child will suffer the loss of their provider and caregiver?  How will that change their life?  

Let's stop being stupid and drive smart from this day forward!

Stat of the Day:  In 2010, 32,885 people lost their lives in motor-vehicle accidents; “distraction-affected crashes” caused 3,092 of those fatalities, while 10,228 resulted from drunk driving.

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