I think Klurejr is saying he was clearly able to see the driver was looking down at something (phone), but it does not show well on the video.
When the low light AGC kicks on with video cameras the resolution and frame rate slows down and you are no longer getting full HD video.
I can clearly tell when a driver coming the other way is looking down at a phone, even when they are wearing glasses and you cant see their eyes - its the way they tip their head.
I think in many cases it would be better if we let people dial their phones and look at them while driving, as long as they hold the phone up by the windshield and have SOME peripheral vision out the windshield.
The way that everyone is holding their phones down on their lap while driving is taking a bad situation and making it worse, because they are trying to hide it.
People have always been distracted while driving: playing with the radio, looking at maps, Ham Radio and CB radio owners, looking for an address. The difference is people where not trying to hide what they were doing back then. When I first started driving back in the '70s I surprized myself a few times while looking at a map, and suddenly realizing I had not been 'looking' out the windshield for several seconds, but I was driving just fine. You can drive pretty well with your perpihial vision. Try it some time when you are a passenger in a car. Stare at the rear view mirror and see how much you can catch out the windshield.
Last edited by KCW; 12-19-2017 at 05:32 PM.