Distracted driving is a deadly plague on American roads. According to Distraction.gov, 3,179 people were killed in vehicle accidents as a result of distracted driving. The first thing that comes to mind with regards to distracted driving is texting. While this is one factor, distracted driving can involve anything that takes your eyes away from the road such as talking on the phone, eating, or even using your navigation system. Here are some other things you should know about distracted driving.
As I drove to Kalamazoo today on I-94, I passed the burned-out area where the 133-vehicle-pileup occurred on January 9, 2015 during white-out snow conditions. The chain-reaction crash caused a semi-truck loaded with fireworks to explode. As a result, the highway was closed in both directions for 43 hours, 22 persons were injured, and one person died.
Seeing the site of this catastrophe caused me to think: "What do experts recommend when drivers encounter white-out driving conditions?"
A compilation of expert sources revealed the following advice for driving in white-out conditions:
The recent incident in Ann Arbor, where a University of Michigan student wasstruck by a car while walking in a crosswalk on Plymouth road, has sparked new conversation about pedestrian safety. How much caution do flashing lights provide? Is distracted driving more often than not the cause of fatal accidents?The disastrous accident in which Sharita Williams was killed is a clear reminder of two notable things: that pedestrians must always use caution when crossing streets and that distracted driving should be eliminated at all costs. In the city of Ann Arbor, the crosswalk laws were re-worded two years ago. A press release from the City of Ann Arbor explains that the prior ordinance required "a vehicle to stop for a pedestrian 'approaching or within' a marked crosswalk...." while the new ordinance requires "a vehicle to stop for a pedestrian standing 'at the curb' as well as 'within the crosswalk." In addition, as an article from annarbor.com titled "Number of pedestrian-vehicle crashes up in Ann Arbor since adoption of crosswalk ordinance" states, the city's ordinance requires vehicles to stop for pedestrians standing at the curb, while the state's MichiganTraffic Code requires cars yield to pedestrians.
Advancements in technology have not only affected internet speed, wireless mobility, and personal entertainment; they have made begun to influence the ways in which drivers handle their cars too. The voice activation systems that are now being put into many new models of cars make it easy for drivers to say the song they want to hear and the car will play it. But what happens when the stereo system plays the wrong song? Then the hands come off the wheel and the driver chooses the song manually.
In July 2010, the Michigan Legislature passed a law that prohibits drivers from reading, writing and sending text messages while operating a motor vehicle.Violation of this law is a civil infraction and the first offense will result in a $100 fine with subsequent violations costing $200. As is readily apparent for anyone that drives in Michigan,
In May 2010, Michigan joined other states in passing a ban on texting while driving. Now some states like New York, Oregon, and California are considering passing laws banning use of mobile phones, iPods, or other electronic devices for pedestrians crossing streets and for bicyclists. Studies have found that distracted drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident