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The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Published on Sep 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm in Distracted Driving Accident.

In the month of June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received. Many of these were by distracted divers of cars, trucks, or tractor-trailers. All too often, distracted driving is leading to accidents and severe injuries for both the distracted drivers and their victims. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, while more than 400,000 more were injured. Distracted driving accounted for 18% of all car and truck accidents in 2010.

Distracted Driving Dangers

Distracted driving is generally any activity that has the potential of diverting a driver’s attention away from the primary task of operating their vehicle. A distraction of any sort is a potential threat and can result in the death of the driver, the passenger, and innocent bystanders.

Fighting Technology with Technology: Technological Devices that Can Help Prevent Distracted Driving

Published on Jun 18, 2012 at 11:36 am in Distracted Driving Accident.

The nationwide problem of distracted driving has gained attention in recent years from both the public and lawmakers alike, and the dangers of driving distracted are increasingly well documented and studied. Distracted driving is any activity that draws a driver’s attention away from the road, which can include eating, programming a GPS, or texting. According to Distraction.gov, 3,092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated 416,000 were injured in 2010.

The growing problem of distracted driving and such alarming statistics have prompted many to develop new technology that may help combat the problem. The following are five technologies aimed at preventing distracted driving courtesy of Discovery.com:

Distracted Driving Simulator Aims to Prevent Dangerous Accidents

Published on Dec 15, 2011 at 4:34 pm in Distracted Driving Accident.

Teens in Graves County high schools had the opportunity recently to use a new creation intended to show Kentucky youth the dangers of distracted driving: a distracted driving simulator. Distracted driving can include any of a wide range of activities that draw away a driver’s attention from the road, such as using a cell phone, eating, or putting on makeup. The news station Local 6 WPSD reports that a new poll reveals 80 percent of Americans eat or drink while driving, and data from Drivingtips.org shows distracted driving in 2008 caused a startling 24% of collisions. As drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes, this new simulator may be an important measure to prevent teens from driving distracted.

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety explains that the distracted driving simulator, or “D2” Simulator, exposes teens to the dangers of distracted driving without actually putting them at risk. The D2 Simulator mimics and displays the handling characteristics of a vehicle, and drivers can send and receive phone calls and text messages while trying to also obey the rules of the road, such as steering clear of pedestrians. The D2 simulator is increasingly becoming available at high schools around the country, and students are learning that trying to drive while using a phone to call or text is quite the challenge.