Jacy Good, co-founder of Hang Up and Drive, a campaign that advocates for cell phone-free roads, spoke at a recent industry event attended by AECOM employees during the company’s Safety Week at the end of April. In her recent blog post, Good retells her story and makes the case for banning all forms of cell phone use while driving.
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Supports goals of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety
Why do some people text and drive, even when they know it’s dangerous?
The answer is dopamine, a neurochemical that we experience as pleasure in the midbrain. I call dopamine a “digital drug” because we get a little squirt of it every time we get positive news from a friend or loved one by text, email or social media. Our brain is conditioned to seek that positive “hit”, leading many of us to check for messages compulsively.
That’s especially problematic – and potentially deadly – when we get a message on our phone while we’re driving.
Drivers urged not to text and drive by Verizon and other partners.
by Elva Lima
Spring is the time of year when temperatures start to rise and thoughts turn to upcoming day trips and summer vacations. In fact, AAA reported that this time last year nearly 35 million Americans were planning Memorial Day road trips to celebrate the unofficial start of the summer.