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 »

Most distracted driving deaths don’t involve cell phone use

“Lost in thought” was the main cause of fatal distracted driving accidents, according to a new study. Erie Insurance looked at 2 years of U.S. police reports for more than 65,000 fatal car accidents: 10% named distracted driving as the primary cause of the crash. Out of those 6,500 fatal car crashes attributed to distracted… Learn More »

Why are Americans more distracted than Europeans?

Nearly 70% of Americans ages 18- 64 admit to talking on their phones while driving in the past 30 days.  A full 30% admitted to sending text messages. Distracted driving is a lot more common in the U.S. than in Europe, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, which… Learn More »

Just a few seconds…

“Just a Few Seconds” might change the way you drive. This new documentary short, produced by EndDD.org, brings us face-to-face with the victims of distracted driving: the daughter of a man hit by a distracted driver, and the teenage driver who looked down for “just a few seconds”. Watch the video: This powerful video will… Learn More »

How closely should we monitor teenage drivers?

Only 1% of parents think that their teenager regularly sends or receives text messages while driving. The reality is that a full 26% of teens admit to this dangerous behavior, according to a new poll from The University of Michigan. In an AT&T survey of teens, 89% said they reply to a text message or… Learn More »

What is “webbing” – and why does it need to be banned?

You probably know that “distracted driving” has become the accepted term for any actions that visually, manually or cognitively distract people behind the wheel. “Webbing” evidently describes the specific act of web browsing while driving. This dangerous practice is becoming increasingly common.  A State Farm poll found a 48% increase in smartphone web use while… Learn More »

Your annual reminder: winter roads are, in fact, dangerous

The rain and snow has started in earnest in the Northwest, and snowy and icy conditions are expected in mountain passes in eastern Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. The combination of the wet weather and darkness during commutes means that every year around this time, the number of traffic crashes jumps – and… Learn More »

Teen dies typing a text message

Her cap and gown were still in her car: Mariah West was going to graduate from high school the next day. She was responding to a text message while driving, and her car veered off of the road and hit a concrete bridge. She was partially ejected from the vehicle, and her head hit the… Learn More »

What is causing a big jump in traffic deaths in 2012?

Traffic accident fatalities for the first quarter of 2012 are way up compared to 2011 – nearly 13.5%. That is approximately 7,630 people dead from as a result of motor vehicle crashes in the just first three months of the year.  The statistic that I found to be shocking?  More people  have died on U.S.… Learn More »

U.S. Drivers Dangerously Distracted

A new poll confirms what you probably know but don’t want to think about: a large majority of drivers admit to being dangerously distracted while behind the wheel. Conducted by the Harris Poll, the survey includes data from more than 2,800 adults. A full 86% admitted to eating/drinking at some point, and 57% said they… Learn More »