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Distracted Drivers Cause about 8,000 Car Accidents Every Day

You might have heard about the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) proposed ban on all cell phone use behind the wheel for all drivers in America. Some people have criticized the government for over-reaching, but the NTSB examined some crucial data before making its recommendation. The NTSB looked at a 2001 study that showed conversations on cell phones are more of a distraction than the device itself A 2005 study showed that when young drivers operate cell phones behind the wheel, their reaction times slow to those of an elderly person One year later, researchers found that drivers that talk on the phone while driving are just as impaired as intoxicated drivers are Another federal survey found that drivers agree that using a cell phone while driving is dangerous when other drivers do it, but not when they do it. That logic seems to suggest that most drivers think they…
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Distractions Spreading from the Car to the Operating Room

The next time you get in your car, consider that approximately 660,000 drivers are using their cell phones while driving at any given moment, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). The result is that distracted driving contributed to almost 10 percent of all car accident deaths last year. Cell phone distraction is showing no signs of slowing down, either. Accidents involving trains and boats are linked to distracted operators. Last year, a commercial airplane missed its destination by over 100 miles because the pilots were using their laptop computers while flying the plane. And now, “distracted doctoring” is making its way into the American lexicon. A doctor in Colorado was talking on his cell phone while operating on a patient. The distraction took his mind off the surgery and left the patient partially paralyzed. The patient’s personal injury attorney uncovered evidence that the surgeon made at least 10 personal…
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Texting While Driving is the Most Deadly of All Distracted Driving Activities

Distraction.gov is the U.S. Government’s official website for its crackdown on distracted driving. Federal safety experts recently revealed the most dangerous form of distracted driving. Can you take a guess? If you guessed distracted driving, you are correct. The reason, according to researchers, is that text messaging requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver. Federal regulators also cited research from the University of Utah revealing that using a cell phone for any purpose while driving delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol content of .08. Text messaging requires the driver to use his or her hands, eyes and mental faculties, which take away the attention from the primary task of driving. Safety experts define “distracted driving” as any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Other forms of distracted driving include: Eating and drinking Using a navigation system…
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Florida is Falling Behind on Distracted Driving Enforcement

We recently blogged about the proposed federal ban on cell phone use for all drivers in the United States by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Several states have already taken steps to ban cell phones behind the wheel in some form or another. Unfortunately, Florida is yet to ban cell phone use in any form behind the wheel. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), distracted driving causes approximately 8,000 car accidents every day in the United States. Florida lawmakers have made efforts with legislation, but the proposals never seem to make it past the committee stage. This is truly unfortunate for the younger generation of drivers. Texting has become second nature to teenagers and it is a dangerous distraction while driving. Other states have taken initiative in an effort to reduce injuries and deaths from distracted driving. So far, 30 states have bans in place for texting while…
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Using a Cell Phone while Driving Equivalent to Driving Drunk

Drivers have busy lives, stressful jobs, children in the car, and paying attention to the road can become secondary. Despite many states passing laws limiting or banning certain activities while driving, 20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the United States Government’s Website for Distracted driving, distracted driving is as any non-driving activity that has the potential to distract the driver from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of a car accident. All drivers are guilty of distracted driving at some point. Distracted driving falls into three categories: Visual distraction – taking your eyes off the road Manual distraction – taking your hands off the wheel Cognitive – taking your mind off what you are doing Texting while driving encompasses all three of the above categories. Other distracting activities include cell…
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