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 »

Block cellphone signals in cars to prevent distracted driving, researchers say

It’s an extreme idea. To reduce the growing distracted driving death toll, automatically disable cellphones in moving vehicles. Researchers publishing in the Journal of the American Medical Association are proposing that cars and trucks should be engineered so that any hand-held device is rendered inoperable when the vehicle is in motion. “Automobile and cell phone equipment… Learn More »

One unexpected way your distracted driving could be tragic

It happens every year, usually starting in the spring. 38 children die each year in hot cars. Most were accidentally left in the vehicle by parents or caregivers. Parents think it can never happen to them:  how could you be so careless as to forget your baby in the car? But the majority of these tragic deaths are… Learn More »

How long does it take to check a text?

An online pledge campaign called TXT L8R, set up by Central Oregon’s KTVZ, is asking drivers to commit to putting the phone down. “When you take your eyes off the road for up to five seconds just looking at a text, you may have covered the distance of a football field,” said Central Oregon’s U.S.… Learn More »