Friday, April 15, 2011

Driving While Distracted

This post is on the blog because I think it's important. It's not directly related to neurofeedback - although the impulse to get things done now, even when now isn't safe, or anxiety behind the behaviors could indeed be successfully addressed with neurofeedback.

A few days ago, Jane E. Brody in her New York Times Personal Health column wrote an article called Keeping Eyes on Distracted Driving's Toll.  Jane quoted Dr. Amy N. Ship of Harvard Medical School, writing in the New England Journal of Medicine: "Driving while distracted is roughly equivalent to driving drunk." Here's another quote from Jane's article:

The National Safety Council estimates that at least 1.6 million crashes - 28 percent of the total - are caused each year by drivers using cellphones or texting. Sometimes those crashes are deadly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Commission reported that in 2008, approximately one in six fatal accidents resulted from a driver being distracted.

Jane's article starts by asking if you have ever done any of a list of activities while driving. I doubt if any of us could say no to all of them. I know I can't.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback


  1. Driving distracted with a vehicle is like waving around a loaded weapon. It's a dangerous practice.

  2. 28% of total crashes occurring just for using cell phones means how much lives we can save if we ban cell phones from our automobiles.