Posts Tagged ‘Distracted Driving’

Texting While Driving – Part 5 – How Can You Help?

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

 Think back to the times when you’ve texted while driving. Was it to text your boss those earnings forecasts? Or maybe a meet up with friends?

We’ve essentially been conditioned, like Pavlov’s dogs, to respond to our phone’s ringing and buzzes. It’s not as though our friends can’t wait till we get home to respond to their messages, nor does it make sense to focus our cognitive abilities on giving our bosses in-depth reports while we drive.

Our addiction to staying connected everywhere has essentially created a dangerous driving environment on the roads.

So, how can you help? Starting now, educate your children, family and friends on the dangers of texting while driving. The simple habit of waiting until you’re not behind the wheel could save a life.

Texting While Driving – Part 4 – Oprah’s Distracted Driving Episode – Sad Reminder

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

While doing research for this series on texting while driving, we were reminded just how dangerous distracted driving is and how quickly a tragic accident can happen.

There are numerous shocking texting while driving videos on the web, but we wanted to find a video that would share with you the stories behind the tragedies. This video clearly shares the pain people feel when they have lost a loved one in a texting while driving accident. It also shares the sorrow and remorse felt by someone who was the cause of a tragedy.

OPRAH – DISTRACTED DRIVING VIDEO

Although you may have seen this episode on texting while driving, which aired in January, 2010, it will have the same affect on you the second and third time you watch it. We encourage you to share this video with your loved ones.

Please do not text and drive.

 

Texting While Driving

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Texting While Driving

Texting while driving is a growing concern in communities across the United States and the world.  In many New York communities from Buffalo to Rochester and to the Bronx, numerous lives have been tragically lost because of texting while driving.

Cellino and Barnes offers this series of blog posts to help grapple with the lingering issues and potential solutions of texting while driving.

Part 1: Overview

One of the leading causes of serious injury and death in America is motor vehicle accidents.  How often do we see distracted drivers behind the wheel? People eating, applying makeup, talking on the phone… there always seems to be some distraction that is inhibiting a driver’s attention. In the last couple of years, a new distraction has arisen: Driving While Texting (DWT).

Under current legislation, the act of driving while texting is defined as: composing, sending, or reading text messages, email, or making similar use of the internet on a mobile device while operating a motor vehicle. The practice is viewed by many authorities as dangerous and has been outlawed or restricted in twenty states and the District of Columbia.

While everybody understands that distracted driving is dangerous, some question how DWT is more dangerous than being distracted by a messy cheeseburger or a hot cup of coffee? Studies show that texting while driving increases the likelihood of accidents and distracted driving. For instance, a study conducted at the University of Utah found a six-fold increase in distraction-related accidents while texting. While a more recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute presents the follow facts:

  • Using driving studies of observing long-haul trucks and light vehicles driving 6 million combined miles, researchers observed 4,452 safety-critical incidents, which includes crashes, near-crashes, safety-critical events, and lane deviations
  • 81% of the safety critical events involved some type of driver distraction
  • Text messaging had the greatest relative risk, with drivers being 23 times more likely to experience a safety-critical event when texting.
  • The study also found that drivers typically take their eyes off the forward roadway for an average of four out of six seconds when texting.

All in all, there is conclusive evidence of the dangers of driving while texting.  This post is part 1 of 6, presented by Cellino and Barnes.  Our firm is committed to helping the community deal with the growing problem of texting while driving.