Archive for March, 2013
I posted this on my Facebook page 2 years ago:
#5mphdisplaylock – Simple Solution to Bad Driving
OK, maybe not All bad driving – but a lot of it, anyway.
Hop into your WayBack machine and journey back around 20 years ago. Observe how, when we saw someone weaving around the road, or driving way too slow, we knew they were drunk. Also observe that when we saw someone walking down the sidewalk having a conversation with no one, we assumed them to be schizophrenic. Today things are different.
When we see someone crossing into adjacent lanes, braking for hallucinations and the like, we can now be pretty sure they are either texting or dialing the phone. It’s dangerous – and Stupid. But it happens every single day.
There is a very simple solution to this “problem”. Since too many people think they can drive and text (read email, look up restaurants) at the same time (they can’t) why in the world don’t we just solve the problem for them?
Disable dialing / keypad / display on all phones when moving more than 5 miles per hour. Most phones in current use have GPS and accelerometers built-in. This means the phone knows when it’s in motion. Simply mandate that all phones cannot be dialed (except via hands-free voice dialing) when going more than 5 miles per hour. Have an emergency key combination (9 +1 pressed simultaneously) to call 9-1-1.
Naturally there would be the option to permanently override this for emergency personnel, the Secret Service, FBI and similar agencies. But the rest of us have to learn that every thought does not have to be communicated while we should be concentrating on driving.
And while we’re at it, how about programming the accelerometer to know when a crash has occurred and cause the phone to either dial 9-1-1 or ask if it should dial for you. Another simple solution.
We have the technology. All we have to do is use it.
Last week we delivered a dozen large limited editions to the Milan Gallery in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square. Milan is an excellent gallery, beautifully arranged and has some amazing artists in their stable. I highly recommend you visit when you’re in Fort Worth.
A word of warning: Sundance is under construction, with some impediments to traffic. However, across the corner from Milan is free valet parking – or, if you prefer to self-park in the lot right across the street, the Milan will validate your ticket.
The collection I have at the Milan is primarily rustic Texas with a couple of exceptions. Some of my newest creations are included in this exhibit, like “Winding Drive” below.
505 Houston St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102