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    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Well-known Journalist to DOTr ASec: 'Do more studies before opening your mouths on national Media'

    Well-known journalist and radio broadcaster Ira V. Panganiban on Friday wrote an open letter to DOTr Assistant Secretary Mark Richmund de Leon to clarify few things about driving, windshield design and use of gadget on the dashboard (pertaining to some rules in Anti-Distracted Driving Act).


    According to Panganiban, the Transportation department should "get some real experts to explain the intricacies of the new law and how it affects drivers." He also called the idea to "PLACE YOUR DEVICES UNDER THE STEERING WHEEL OR ON THE ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM" as "WRONG and stupid!"

    Panganiban already clarified and earlier stated that the Anti Distracted Driving Law is a good law and the lawmakers who created them did their research.

    However, it is the Implementing Rules and Regulations that are defective because of wrong assumptions and law enforcers more interested in making money than understanding the law.

    "The biggest defect of this enterprise is that Traffic Endorcers are not educated on the intricacies of traffic management," he said.

    "The law is sufficient without people like you having to interpret it in an idiotic way," said Panganiban. 

    He also encouraged the agency to "do more studies" before opening their mouths on national Media.

    READ THE OPEN LETTER BELOW:


    Dear Transportation Asec,

    Let me clarify a few things about driving, windshield design and use of gadget on the dashboard. Just so next time you get interviewed you can give some informed answers.

    1. Driving entails the use of many of our body parts for a safe and productive effort.

    We use our hands, feet, eyes, ears and brains to propel a half a ton compendium of steel, rubber, leather to bring us to a desired location.
    Our feet decide the speed or when to stop, our hands decide where the car will go, our eyes tells us if it is safe and proper to move forward (or backward in case necessary), our ears to inform us of non visual cues like those behind us, and our brains to process all of these together and make a safe and informed decision every second of our driving experience.

    An international study done by the American Highway safety board says taking our hands, eyes or feet off the instruments in our car that requires these organs is dangerous to the driver and everyone else on the road.

    Take your eyes 3-seconds off the road at 60kph is like driving blind or with our eyes closed for more than four lengths of a basketball court.
    Taking your hands off the steering wheel for 3-seconds may cause your car to veer of the road or hit a crossing car or person with you unable to react properly.

    Taking your feet off the pedals, and believe me this is one big issue for American teens when cruise control was invented, for 3-seconds may cause you to crash into another vehicle in front of you because it took too long to hit your brakes.

    Having an occupied mind while driving may distract you from the goings on in the road to appreciate the condition early enough to avoid an accident.
    All of these contribute to a safe or unsafe form of driving habit.

    2. Windshield is designed the way it is today because it allows a clear view into the highway by both the driver and the passenger.

    The delineating line for visual clarity for a driver is the line crossing the middle of the rear view mirror vertically or from the roof line to the dashboard line.
    This means the driver will see the road and the sidewalks clearly even if you cover the passenger side of the windshield. There is no distraction from the road view for the driver past the rear view mirror to the right of the windshield.


    3. Gadgets on a dashboard has been proven by automobile engineers around the world to be safe as long as it is placed away from the direct view of the driver to the road.

    This is why "heads up displays" are now the new fad in automobiles because it gives information to the driver without the having to take his eyes off the road.

    Entertainment systems are not safe gadgets in a car as they require the driver to take his eyes off the road to manipulate. That is why there are car brands that have entertainment and cooling system controls angled towards the front passengers. It is the same reason why stereo controls have been placed on the steering wheel, so the driver does not need to take his hands off the wheel or eyes off the road.

    Now for you to say "PLACE YOUR DEVICES UNDER THE STEERING WHEEL OR ON THE ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM" is totally "WRONG" and stupid!

    Can you imagine having to peep under the steering wheel while driving along EDSA on rush hour. You'd crash into the car in front of you the fist tao of the break he does.

    Besides all navigator devices and applications will not be operable of your car is moving and Waze will ask if you are driver or passenger before allowing you to proceed.

    The law is sufficient without people like you having to interpret it in an idiotic way.

    Please get some real experts to explain the intricacies of the new law and how it affects drivers.

    Dash and windshield mounts are safe when located at the proper places of a car. Even the Europeans, Americans and Canadians, who have had this Anti Distracted Driving Law since 2002 allow dash and shield mounts for navigation devices.

    I hope you guys do more studies before opening your mouths on national Media.

    Distractedly yours,
    Everyday driver on EDSA



    Source: Ira V. Panganiban | Facebook

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