April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and as part of their efforts, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is asking lawmakers in California to lead the way for the rest of the country and ban all phone use while driving. According to news reports, California currently allows drivers to take calls through Bluetooth or hands-free devices such as a dashboard mount. …Read the rest »
Category: Distracted Driving
There is a new push in Sacramento to crack down on something that has become a scourge on our roadways – texting while driving. According to a KCRA news report, some legislators are insisting that now is the time to step up penalties that can help change people’s behavior in this regard. Currently, the base fine in California for texting and driving is $20 for the first offense and $50 for the second violation with potential additional penalties. …Read the rest »
Americans are using their phones in riskier ways while driving leading to more fatal and devastating car accidents. According to a USA Today news report, a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that although overall cell phone on the road is down, drivers were still observed manipulating their phones 57 percent more often in 2018 than they were in 2014. This means more people are putting themselves at a much higher risk of dying in a car crash. “Manipulating cell phones” means they are doing things like texting, browsing the Web or using it for navigation or music. …Read the rest »
In January of 2018 California residents were granted the right to legally use cannabis as a recreational drug. Just because the depressant is Uncle Sam approved though, doesn’t mean you won’t face serious charges if you are caught driving stoned.
Here’s is an inside look at how a marijuana DUI in California can cost you your license, driving privileges and at times your freedom. …Read the rest »
School zones in California are becoming increasingly dangerous for students as streets in these zones are infested by distracted drivers who use their phones while driving. According to a new study by Zendrive, which analyzed more than four million drivers in about 2,000 counties across the country, California topped the list of the most dangerous states for students put at risk by distracted driving. San Francisco County ranked third while Orange County ranked sixth and Los Angeles County was seventh.
In general, the company found the most dangerous driving around school zones was between …Read the rest »
A new survey has found that when it comes to texting and driving, parents are not the best role models for their children. In the study commissioned by Everquote and carried out by the survey platform, Pollfish, 55 percent of 1,200 teen respondents readily admitted that cell phones are the biggest driving distraction they face compared to 73 percent of the 1,500 parents who were surveyed. …Read the rest »
The House voted this week to speed the introduction of driverless cars by giving the federal government the authority to exempt automakers from safety standards that are not applicable to the technology. According to an Associated Press news report, the House’s vote will also permit the deployment of up to 100,000 of the vehicles annually over the next several years. …Read the rest »
Maybe your mind wanders, you are daydreaming, or simply zoning out when you are behind the wheel. If you are one of the guilty parties, don’t despair. A recent study by researchers at the George Mason University found that people’s minds wandered up to 70 percent of the time during a simulated work commute. According to an NBC news report, the study was aimed at exploring the concept of zoning out as a potential cause of distracted driving crashes. Researchers also noticed specific changes in brain patterns during periods of inattention. …Read the rest »
Drivers in California are able to get away with texting and driving because of weak penalties, according to an NBC news report. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about nine people die and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes that involve distracted drivers many of whom are suspected of using their cell phones at the time. Safety advocates say the number of deaths and injuries involving cell phones is …Read the rest »
A total solar eclipse is expected occur Monday, August 21, across the entire continental United States and it’s happening for the first time in 99 years. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and departments of transportation across the country are issuing a warning to all drivers to exercise caution on eclipse day. It is expected that about 200 million people will be within a day’s drive of the total solar eclipse.
Even individuals who cannot see the total eclipse will be able to see the partial eclipse. It’s going to last only a couple of minutes. But, the eclipse will darken the country in the middle of the day when millions of Americans are on the road. The FHWA calls this solar eclipse “one of the largest driver distractions in years.” The path of totality will cross …Read the rest »