Q: I learn your column concerning the Uber driver who looks at her cell phone for 2 seconds whereas driving to verify the placement of a doable pickup. I’ll guess this occurs a number of occasions in the course of the drive for her current consumer. Including up all these two-second time intervals spells D-A-N-G-E-R!
This implies at 35 mph for two seconds, the Uber automobile travels about 103 ft, throughout which era she’s distracted. That’s about seven automotive lengths. Throughout that point, she has misplaced all situational consciousness of her environment whereas driving. Not good.
And if she’s distracted greater than two seconds, properly, that’s simply actually dangerous.
Manny Barron, North Fork
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Q: Gary, everyone knows that you’re a mild soul, however you had been far too mild in saying that Uber’s response-time guidelines “sound like they encourage harmful driving.” No, they require harmful driving. If you wish to discuss distracted driving, which is an enormous downside, please name this like it’s.
Marty Klein, Palo Alto
A: An Uber driver informed Roadshow that when “we get a ping for a brand new journey request, we have to fastidiously learn the display for 2 seconds to see the pickup location and work out the place it’s and resolve to simply accept the request earlier than it disappears in 5 seconds.”
That riled up many drivers. Research point out that visitors collisions are excessive when ride-hailing autos are factored in, however there is no such thing as a conclusion on whether or not scanning one’s mobile phone is the rationale.
However journey hailing is credited with a dramatic drop in arrests for driving inebriated or medication in California’s largest cities. Research discovered that arrests declined by 32 p.c in San Diego, 28 p.c in San Jose, 26 p.c in Sacramento and 14 p.c in each Los Angeles and the San Francisco-Oakland space within the two years after journey hailing started in every of the areas.
Sgt. Michael-a-Visitors-Cop says he’s seen an enormous “enhance in Lyft and Uber drivers who come by our San Jose DUI checkpoints, and I do know from personally observing their purchasers that I’m very grateful many selected to not drive themselves.”
In massive cities, avoiding driving when ingesting is the second main purpose for hailing a automotive, with 33 p.c taking that choice as a substitute of getting behind the wheel, a UC Davis research stated. Problem discovering parking was the highest purpose.
Even in Las Vegas, the place individuals go to gamble, occasion and drink, arrests had been down 37 p.c from 2013 to 2016. Las Vegas had a mean of 4,859 DUI arrests per yr earlier than Uber launched in 2015. That quantity dropped to three,056 after ride-hailing started in earnest.
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