By B.N. Frank
If you’re over 40, you probably remember “Baby on Board” signs. They seemed to be everywhere. Parents, grandparents, and other caretakers put them on their vehicles because they wanted other drivers to know that they were carrying precious cargo. It may have had to do with the increasing influence Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Baby, Baby, I’m taken with the notion to love you with the sweetest of devotion.
Those signs went out of fashion many years ago. Protecting children, of course, never did. Ironically, though, many Americans use their phones and other devices when driving – even when kids are riding along with them. According to many sources, including The Journal of Pediatrics, this isn’t safe.
The study also found that parents who used their cellphones while driving with children were more likely to engage in other risky behaviors with or without a child present, such as not wearing a seat belt or drinking while driving.
Distracted driving causes about one in four car crashes, according to the study.
In 2015, the number of fatal car crashes involving children 14 or younger spiked by 5 percent, reaching 3,477. An additional 330,000 individuals were injured. Talking on hand-held and hands-free devices, texting, phoning or using the internet are among the main causes of distracted driving by parents and caregivers, previous research has found.
A 2016 study by Britain’s University of Sussex found that using a hands-free device while driving was as distracting as using hand-held technology.
What happened to protecting precious cargo?
There are campaigns against tech use and driving but they obviously don’t seem to be making much of an impact. According to a 2017 Bloomberg article, “Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting.”
Recent legislation in Rhode Island penalizes drivers who are holding phones in their hands but there is no penalty to use hands-free cell phone systems or accessories, like Bluetooth. The Tech Industry will now be able to sell more products to Rhode Island drivers. Nice work if you can get it.
“Distracted Driving” isn’t the only risk. CBSNews.com #4 Dumb Thing to Boost Possible Cancer Risk is Using a Cell Phone When Signal is Weak.”
Cell phones and other devices produce more radiation in moving vehicles because they have to work harder to stay connected to towers.
In 2009, Dr. Oz addressed increased radiation exposure from phone use while driving.
In 2011, CNN addressed increased radiation exposure while driving.
In 2017, California Department of Health started including information about increased radiation exposure while driving in their brochures.
Drivers can reduce their radiation exposure by attaching cell phones to their dashboards. However everyone in the vehicle is still being exposed to it. There is no scientifically determined “safe level” of wireless radiation for kids or pregnant women. Pets can be harmed by exposure as well.
The Tech Industry’s solution to “Distracted Driving” is Automated Vehicles which are already causing accidents – sometimes fatal. AVs also emit harmful cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation. Coincidentally, many of these tech industry folks are also planning for doomsday.
Some elected officials are endorsing AVs, electric vehicles and everything else that “Big Wireless” is selling despite all the reports that we have been misled about the safety of all this technology.
For more information, visit the following websites:
- Center For Safer Wireless
- Center For Electrosmog Prevention
- Citizens for Safe Technology
- Clear Light Ventures
- Dr. Sam Milham
- EMF Safety Network
- Environmental Health Trust
- Generation Zapped
- In Power Movement
- National Association for Children and Safe Technology
- Parents for Safe Technology
- Scientists for Wired Tech
- We Are The Evidence