distracted driving – Intervention Strategies

Distracted driving could lead to increased road crash injuries adversely affecting productivity of the nation. The impacts of this is that not only does it utilise much of the health resources that could be used in combating critical illnesses but also bear costs to other economic sectors in reducing the number of workforce. With such realization; distracted driving needs to be addressed by the involvement of many stakeholders in order to increase the likelihood of bettering the approaches.

To reduce distracted driving various approaches need to be undertaken at different levels of the government. With electronic devices having greatly influenced various aspects of people’s way of life, there needs to be laws that restrict users of such devices from posing risks to themselves and other people. Since distracted driving bears the potential for such increased risks, there needs to be  a concerted effort that includes legislative restrictions against behavior that presents such risks, educational campaigns that makes people aware of the risks to better comply with such legislations, and changes in manufacturers’ design of products to reduce the risk posed by the gadgets (Gostin & Jacobson, 2010).

The enforcement of laws needs to be linked to public education to enhance compliance. When individuals are not well informed of the dangers presented by their in vehicle practices, enforcement of strict laws would be met with resistance and avoidance where the enforcement machinery can be subverted.  Since distracted driving poses great social, and economic costs to the society, the educative campaigns need to be all inclusive with communication channels that  exist in the employment environment and family environment being used in the education campaigns to better the reach and effect of the campaigns. With regard to manufacturing design, auto manufacturers need to play a role by evaluating ways through which deactivation systems can be fitted to prevent use of devices such as the mobile phone while the car is in motion. However failure by auto manufacturers to provide for such, increased regulation should be explored since the curtailed use of electronic devices – though not averting distraction in entirety – would lead to a greater reduction in such distraction. Go to conclusion here.

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