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Distracted is the New Drunk: Dangers of Distracted Driving

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 New research suggests drivers are as impaired as they are by cellular usage as they would be after spending a night out at the bar. Dr. Michael Bordieri visits Sounds Good to discuss why driving distractedly is just as dangerous as driving drunk. 

       Almost everyone is familiar with public service announcements warning against the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Similar precautions against texting while driving have also turned into widely spread national campaigns. However, other forms of distraction -- a phone call requiring intense concentration, putting on make-up, eating -- have proven to be just as dangerous to oneself and others. 
           MSU professor of psychology, Dr. Michael Bordieri, visits Sounds Good to discuss the cognitive demand required when performing other tasks while driving, why we are genetically predisposed to not be very good at it, and how one can increase their safety on the road. 

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
Melanie Davis-McAfee graduated from Murray State University in 2018 with a BA in Music Business. She has been working for WKMS as a Music and Operations Assistant since 2017. Melanie hosts the late-night alternative show Alien Lanes, Fridays at 11 pm with co-host Tim Peyton. She also produces Rick Nance's Kitchen Sink and Datebook and writes Sounds Good stories for the web.
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