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Distracted Driving is Impaired Driving
For over twenty years, every American President has declared December to be Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month or Impaired Driving Prevention Month. It is recognition of the dangers of impaired driving by alcohol or other drugs and the need for everyone to take action; for everyone to not drive impaired. However, for the past couple of years, a new topic has been included in that Presidential Proclamation: Distracted Driving. Distracted driving is now recognized as impaired driving.
Multi-Tasking While Driving: Are You In Complete Control Of Your Vehicle?
Since 2004 it has been against the law for drivers in the United Kingdom to use mobile phones for calls or text messages if they are not using a hands free device. Similar laws are being implemented across the globe. The UK law followed many years of campaigning by those who argued that using phones meant that drivers were not in complete control of the vehicle when behind the wheel.
Driving and Cell Phones: Multi-Tasking and Other Myths
Distracted driving comprises one or more aspects: manual, visual, and/or cognitive. Cognitive distraction is the least obvious but potentially the most dangerous of the three. Combine driving and a cognitive distraction, such as using a cell phone, and you have a recipe for disaster.
Cell Phones: Hands-Free is Not Risk- Free
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This is a time to raise awareness of the dangers and cost of this growing epidemic.
In 2012, distracted driving in the United States alone resulted in at least 3,328 fatalities and 410,000 injuries? Did you know that 40% of American teens say that they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger? Expert after expert now declares distracted driving an epidemic.
NTSB Announces Top 10 Most Wanted List
On the 16th, the NTSB released its 2014 Most Wanted List, the top 10 advocacy and awareness projects for the independent government agency in 2014. Three on the Ten Most Wanted list have a direct impact on motor vehicles: Eliminate Substance-Impaired Driving, Strengthen Occupant Protection in Transportation and Eliminate Distraction in Transportation.
Driving and Texting: It Can Wait
Everyone knows that texting and driving don’t mix. The research is clear, the evidence profound. But everyone believes it is the other person that is dangerous, not themselves. Everyone is wrong; anyone, and everyone, who texts while driving is a danger and a risk to all of us.
Distracted Driving: Put the Phone Down and Drive
We hear the stories, we see the images, we know the dangers, and yet it still continues. Distracted driving comes in many forms, but making a call on a cell or texting while driving are the two high profile activities in distracted driving discussions.