Rethinking Defensive Driving in Light of Distracted Driving

by Jared Lewis April 4, 2017, 1:18
Rethinking Defensive Driving in Light of Distracted Driving

Lower Township Police Department officers will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey's "UDrive, UText, UPay" enforcement campaign. "We support law enforcement's efforts this month to be on alert for those who are texting and driving and we encourage all North Dakotans to watch the road and not their phones".

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, crashes involving distracted drivers killed 3,477 people and injured about 391,000 people in 2015. U Text. U Pay. campaign, a high-visibility effort to enforce distracted-driving laws. The number of distracted drivers involved crashes in Oklahoma increased from 7,470 in 2014 to 8,012 in 2015, the a year ago for which statistics are available.

Put the phone away and keep your hands on the wheel!

At the Center for Advanced Public Safety at The University of Alabama, research shows distracted driving is a serious, and sometimes deadly, problem.

According to data from CAPS, in 2015 and 2016 in Alabama, there were 34,949 crashes in which distracted driving was noted as a factor. Kiefer was hit by a girl who was speeding and distracted driving- the girl was said to be snap chatting while driving making her oblivious to Kiefer being stopped because of traffic. "Save yourself the embarrassment and expense of getting pulled over-or more importantly, maybe save someone's life", says Geno.

Gina Bagnariol Benavides' sister was killed a year ago by a driver police say was posing for a selfie with his passenger.

"Tell them to stop", officials said in the release. It can include texting, using a cell phone or smartphone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, using a navigation system, watching a video and adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player. Or, because of the prevalence of distracted driving, shouldn't we expect them to continue into the intersection against the red light because they are looking at their phones and not at the road? "Seeing all the things that can happen to me while texting and driving it just makes me not want to have a phone around", Beatey said.


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