Distracted Driving

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.

Distracted Driving - Add Your Voice

British Columbians are very concerned about the threat posed by distracted driving according to those leaving feedback on the government web site created to solicit public input on the subject. Our province has the second lowest penalties for those caught handling a cellular phone when they should be paying attention to the road. Should those penalties be higher and if so, how much higher?

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 - Run Off The Road Crash Prevention

video iconIt's unfortunate that this video from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a bit difficult to watch due to the sound not being synchronized with the picture. Otherwise, it contains good information about the prevention of run off the road crashes resulting from distracted driving.

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."

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