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We all play a role in ending distracted driving


Cellphones are among the top reasons for being distracted while driving. We are so use to looking at our phones every time we hear the unmistakeable ding, or see that we have a new notification, that even when we are doing something as serious as operating a motor vehicle, we are compelled to see what just arrived in our inboxes.

Technology in vehicle is causing us to be more distracted than ever before. 53% of drivers believe that if manufactures put “infotainment” dashboard systems and hands-free technology in vehicles, they must be safe.1

While some states are implementing bans on the use of hand held devices, many drivers believe making the transitions to hands free voice assistants is the safe choice. In reality however, these technologies distract our brains even long after you’ve used them.

Make no mistake: This multitasking technology is about convenience, not safety.

#JustDrive

Source:NSC.org

  1. http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving.aspx

Work Zone Safety: Everybody’s Responsibility

April 8th -12th is designated National Work Zone Awareness Week. This week is designed to bring attention to motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones.

  • Over the last 5 years, 4,400 people have died and 200,000 injured in work zone crashes.
  • Drivers are the most frequent fatality in work zone crashes.
  • Most work zone fatalities involve working-age adults.
  • Rear-end crashes (running into the rear of a slowing or stopping vehicle) are the most common type of work zone crash.
  • Fatal work zone crashes occur most often in summer and fall.
  • The majority of fatal work zone crashes occurred on roads with speed limits greater than 50 mph.
  • Stopping distance for motor vehicles at 50 mph:

                   -Dry roadway300 ft

                   -Wet roadway400 ft

                   -Icy pavement1250 ft

  • A loaded 80,000 lb. tractor-trailer requires almost 50% more stopping distance.
  • It takes only an extra 25 seconds to cover 1 mile at 45 mph compared to 65 mph.

Tips for the Driver

  • Stay Alert and Minimize Distractions
  • Keep Your Headlights On
  • Pay Attention to the Road
  • Merge into the Proper Lane
  • Don’t Tailgate
  • Obey the Posted Speed Limit
  • Change Lanes Safely
  • Follow Instructions form Flaggers
  • Expect the Unexpected

BE PATIENT

Additional resources

FHWA-Developed Resources PDF

Trucking Safely Through Work Zones PDF

 

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2018

Each day in the United Sates approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.1

Motor vehicle fatalities are up 6% from 2015, with more than 40,000 people killed in 2017.

Types of Distractions

  • Cell Phones
  • Dashboard infotainment systems
  • Struggling with voice assistants

Then the more serious

  • Drunk driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Drugged driving

All of these distractions pose a threat to our safety.

Taking your eyes off the road for just one second can change a life forever.

Support the Just Drive campaign by using #JustDrive2

  1. National Center for Statistics and Analysis. Distracted Driving: 2015, in Traffic Safety Research Notes. DOT HS 812 381. March 2017, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Washington, D.C.
  2. http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving-awareness-month.aspx