Distracted Driving

VIDEO - Surviving the New "Drunk Driver"

video iconHere's a video about distracted driving with a different point of view: how to avoid them! DriveSafeRideSafe believes that all drivers need to be educated about the likelihood they will need to protect themselves from the mistakes of other drivers on the road.

RESEARCH - Electronic Billboards and Distracted Driving

Electronic BillboardThe city of Sao Paulo, Brazil might have one answer to the problem of distracted driving, a complete ban on outdoor advertising. Research shows two things: drivers not focused on the task of driving are hazardous and electronic billboards draw a driver's attention through more and longer glances. Just how dangerous this might be appears to be a very complicated task because of the number of variables involved. The conclusions of the following reports indicate that lateral control of the vehicle is affected and drivers can be distracted for a dangerous period of time.

What Should I Do About Distracted Driving?

DistractedWhen we think of distracted driving, most of us immediately consider cell phone use. While this might be the most common example used in distracted driving campaigns, it is certainly not the only one. Any action that takes the drivers attention off of the driving task is distracting and is to be avoided. This month the provincial distracted driving campaign is telling us that the second leading cause of collision fatalities in B.C. is not being properly focused on operating your vehicle.

REPORT - Distracted Driving in Canada

TIRF New LogoThis report is an environmental scan created by TIRF in partnership with Drop it and Drive. The main objective of this work was to compile current statistics, information and lessons learned about distracted driving strategies that have been implemented by different sectors and regions. A secondary objective was to gauge activities that are currently underway, or that are planned for the future. The purpose of this work was to establish a solid foundation on which future initiatives could be planned and coordinated across organizations with a vested interest in this issue. The importance of identifying opportunities for collaboration and partnership to bolster these efforts was underscored.

RANT - Distracted Driving

Rick Mercer Report LogoRick Mercer's latest rant sums distracted driving up by saying that we must do all that we can to avoid the irony of stupid death by smartphone.

READING - Eyes on the Road

RAC Foundation for MotoringThis publication, commissioned by the Royal Auto Club Foundation for Motoring, reviews the current scientific literature on the use of smart glasses and driver distraction. It also contains information obtained from an on-the-road experimental study comparing driver behaviour whilst navigating using smart glasses, smartphone-based satellite navigation and verbal instructions.

READING - A Deadly Wandering

A Deadly WanderingThis is a very interesting book about distracted driving. Interwoven with the story about Reggie Shaw and how he caused a double fatal collision by texting while driving is information on the research and researchers who are studying how our brain deals with the distraction from mobile phone use while driving. To put it bluntly, we are incapable of driving safely while using a mobile phone, hands on, hands free or texting while driving. We just think that we are good at it and the other guy is the problem. That's not so and the book explains why.

VIDEO - From One Second to the Next

video iconFrom YouTube: "Xzavier, Chandler, Debbie, and Reggie all know the horrors of texting & driving firsthand. Acclaimed director Werner Herzog tells their stories in this powerful It Can Wait Documentary."

Q&A - Can I Call 911 While Driving?

Q&A ImageWhen reading one of the ICBC manuals recently (I can’t find the reference just now) it sounded like it was ok to use a cell phone to call 911 while driving. Could that be correct?

Q&A - Cyclists and texting

I witnessed an accident the other day between a cyclist and a truck. The cyclist was riding with no hands, looking down while texting on his cell phone. He did not notice that he had come to an intersection and rode into the side of a truck. He was not wearing a helmet and received more than a few injuries requiring an ambulance to attend. Are cyclists not required to obey the sections of the motor vwhicle act in a case like this?

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