Share Oregon’s (surprisingly effective) distracted driving videos

One quick text message can take your attention for 4.2 seconds. That’s long enough to drive 100 yards – the full length of a football field – without looking at the road. Using a phone while driving has been against the law in Oregon since 2010. The Oregon DMV reports 9,607 convictions for the violation,… Learn More »

How states are distracting drivers – with warnings about distracted driving

“Your OMGs and LOLs can wait” “Steering wheel: Not a hands free device” “Get your head out of your apps and drive safely” Most states have installed electronic message signs above highways to warn motorists of bad weather or traffic conditions ahead. Now some states are experimenting with the signs, using them for general safety… Learn More »

It’s worse than we thought: terrifying video study of teen distracted driving crashes

NHTSA estimated that about 15% of teen driver car crashes are caused by driver distraction. AAA researchers pulled in-car event recorders and analyzed almost 1700 teen drivers in the six seconds before a crash. Distraction was a factor in 58% of teen car crashes. That’s a huge difference: four times more teen car crashes could… Learn More »

You can’t focus: neuroscience explains the dangers of distracted driving

Imagine that you’re driving home from work, stopped in traffic. The light turns green, and you inch forward. The light turns red. Your phone pings with a text alert. Do you grab your phone to check your messages? When you’re behind the wheel, you know that your primary goal is to get from point A… Learn More »

Texting and Driving: Russian Roulette Behind the Wheel

This powerful short video, shared by our friends at, puts distracted driving in perspective in a mere 30 seconds. Driving should be a singular activity. Every time you turn your attention away from the road, you are taking a chance. Maybe we all need to think of texting while driving like holding a gun… Learn More »

Distracted Driving: Multi-Tasking Is a Myth

When you’re driving, there’s an old saying that tells you to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. This is easier said than done. In our fast-paced world, motorists are distracted by a wide variety of activities that take their attention away from their primary task, which should be driving.… Learn More »

Changing the way you drive

Lasting progress on distracted driving—reducing accidents, injuries and death—will only come from educating drivers about the risks. The risks of technology on the nation’s roads were the focus of an annual meeting of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).  The role of technology in distracted driving is indisputable: talking on the phone while driving makes… Learn More »

Don’t text and drive – and don’t text a driver.

A court in New Jersey ruled that someone who knowingly distracts a driver by text message could be held at least partially responsible if that text results in a car crash. Case Background A teenager was driving his truck down a rural highway when he received a text from a friend. His truck drifted across… Learn More »

Do you drive with your dog in your lap?

The two best reasons to keep your dog in the backseat   Minimizing Distractions A driver in Beaverton, Oregon is fighting a $160 citation issued by a police officer who spotted her driving with her dog on her lap. There is no specific Oregon law regarding operating a motor vehicle with a pet on your… Learn More »

Use a voice-to-text app while driving? Don’t bother

* This post originally appeared on the Legal Examiner. Yesterday, I spoke to a great group of students at a Beaverton, Oregon high school about distracted driving. As part of the presentation (if you don’t know about this, you should –, we talk about three different types of distraction: manual, visual and cognitive.… Learn More »