“Two Triple Cheese” (#1515)

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  1. PLAYING: Entire Show

  2. Open: John's Opening Thoughts

  3. Segment 1: Distracted Driving

    Guests:

    • Paul Green, Ph.D., University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
    • Buzz Thomas, The Thomas Consulting Group
    • Louis Tijerina, Ph.D., Research & Advanced Engineering, Ford
  4. Close: John's Closing Thoughts

Synopsis

Paul Green, Ph.D., University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Buzz Thomas, The Thomas Consulting Group, Louis Tijerina, Ph.D., Research & Advanced Engineering, Ford. Topic: Distracted Driving.

What would prompt you to pull off the road while driving? Well, for Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen -- you know, the "Hot Rod Lincoln" guys -- it was the mere thought of their favorite food which they sang about in the '70s culinary classic, "Two Triple Cheese Side Order of Fries."

But 30 years later no one seems to be pulling off the road for much of anything. Certainly not for eating evidenced by the galaxy of restaurant drive-up windows; not for phone calls thanks to cell towers & electronics; and now not for the latest eye-averting activity -- texting.

These days distracted driving appears to be running rampant. It used to be that your biggest distraction was lunging for the radio whenever that "Titanic" song came on. Instead, today drivers of all ages are multi-tasking behind the wheel leaving one to ask just when did piloting 3,000 pounds of metal at 70 miles per hour become a second or third thought, and is there anything we can do about it?

For answers to those questions and more tune into this week's Autoline where John McElroy and his panel tackles the issue that's confronting everyone on the road today, distracted driving. He's joined by three experts who have had an impact on the issue in different arenas. Louis Tijerina is a safety engineer with Ford while Paul Green is with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. John's third guest, Buzz Thomas, is a former Michigan State Senator who had a hand in crafting an anti-texting law in his state.