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    Man driving as computer analyzes head position and eyes

Current Question: Should cars be required to include driver monitoring systems that track and respond to drivers’ distraction and fatigue levels?

About this activity

Distracted driving causes over 1,000 injuries and nine fatalities every day in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Reducing distraction by banning hand-held phones effectively lowered fatalities across all age groups and sexes. Driver monitoring systems can detect when a driver is not paying attention and alert them so that they can return their focus to the road. Manufacturers are already including driver monitoring systems in some new cars, but these technologies may not work equally well for all people and can even lead to more unsafe driving behaviors.

Build your case for or against this provocative question using personal experience, scientific evidence, and social values. Your personal experiences are the observations you have made and the knowledge you have gained throughout your life. Social values are attitudes about how humans should live together. Scientific evidence comes from published studies on the subject itself. While science can inform many questions, some answers can only be found with social values and personal experiences. Sit across from a partner and compare your cases.