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The number of serious traffic accidents caused by distracted drivers, such as those using smartphones while driving, hit a record high in Japan in 2023.

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A National Police Agency spokesperson.

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In Japan, they also distracted by TV on driver seat. So not only smartphone.

https://www.wsj.com/video/stay-tuned-front-seat-tvs-for-drivers-in-japan/9F9EF281-F56C-47A6-9387-C6D87E213D41

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In Japan, they also distracted by TV on driver seat. So not only smartphone.

Which is also illegal! All new rentals cars that have TV's installed automatically stop broadcasting when the car starts moving or is in drive.

Accidents are only going to increase, as long as cops stay aware from enforcing the laws.

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All manufacturer installed sav navs don't show the tv during driving. However, you can easily circumvent this by cutting the electrical connection to the handbrake and earthing the line. Every car enthusiast knows how to do it. Its also a decades old trick, so is unlikely to be distracting an increasing number of drivers. Smartphones are much more likely. Since people are driving less, more accidents from distracted driving shouldn't be happening.

The father of one of my son's classmates lost a leg in a head-on collision. The other car veered into his lane when its female driver was bumped by her overexcited and untethered dog. The guy was delivering a car in his first week of work at a garage.

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The fines in Australia for this now are huge with cameras checking cars and fining people carrying out this dangerous behaviour. Maybe Japan needs to start policing this much more heavily

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All manufacturer installed sav navs don't show the tv during driving. 

Uhmm no they dont! I personally own a Suzuki Shin-Wagon R Mild Hybrid and the manufacturer installed car navi and audio system includes a TV and it definitely does not stop broadcasting or "showing" while I drive!

I also know of countless other cars, including ALL the cars in the fleet of them, where I work!

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I would think the current cost cutting and design trend by auto makers to consolidate too many control functions like climate, media, etc. in touch operated digital screens contribute to this statistic. Adjusting your A/C settings or changing the music you're listening to while driving can be as difficult and distracting as using a smartphone. There should be a healthier balance of digital controls and physical switches and buttons if safety and ergonomics are priorities.

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It appears that the distraction is driving.

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'Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. '

Until LAW enforcement officers start actually ENFORCING the law, nothing will change.

S

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It's not just car drivers, people walking, riding bikes, etc. Tons of accidents surely, though not as dangerous on average, though some probably get hit by cars too!

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"It's not just car drivers, people walking, riding bikes, etc. Tons of accidents surely, though not as dangerous on average, though some probably get hit by cars too!"

OBFUSCATION!

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