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Distracted Driver Safety Awareness and Texas Driver Safety Tips

F Marie Athey OHST

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F Marie Athey OHST | October 13, 2014 | Comments Off on Distracted Driver Safety Awareness and Texas Driver Safety Tips

Driver safety awareness may sound like the last thing you want to read about. However, “up to 90% of car crashes are caused by driver error,” as noted by the National Safety Council. So think again: What exactly is driver safety? Even if you think that you are the safest driver on the road—and perhaps you are—you cannot predict the driving behaviors of other drivers whom you share the highways and the byways with. Texting, eating, applying makeup, and even reading are just a few of the potentially dangerous behaviors of distracted drivers these days. Don’t become a victim! Let’s consider a few driver safety awareness and safe driving tips…

School’s Back in Session—Be Safe on the Road

One of the greatest risks of unsafe driving is in school zones. After all, the last thing you want to happen is the injury or death of innocent school children due to distracted driving. Yet, according to National Safe Kids, a study of 27 American cities found that:

  • For 30 minutes (before and after reaching school locations), 65% of drivers in school zones drove faster than the speed limit:
    • 23% were over 10 mph
    • 33% were 30 mph or more
  • For a pedestrian who is hit by a driver at 20 mph, there is a 5% chance that the person will die
  • Drivers who are driving 30 mph are 45% likely to kill a pedestrian
  • For a pedestrian who is hit at 45 mph, there’s an 85% chance of fatality

Slowing down in school zones greatly reduces the risks of accidents or injuries involving a student or school personnel. However, speed is only one factor that affects safety on the roads.

1st National Distracted Driving Enforcement and Awareness Campaign

April 2014 was the Distracted Driver Safety Awareness Month (DDSAM) as recognized by the National Safety Council. Six months later, these reminders still apply:

  • Recognize that driving while being distracted is scientifically proven to affect the brain in a negative way
  • Hands-free devices do not guarantee the driver’s safety
  • Do not use your cell phone—whether for talking or texting—while driving
  • Spread the word: distracted driving is deadly

Here are other organizations that joined the Distracted Driver Safety Awareness Month bandwagon last April:

  • S. DOT launched its first National Distracted Driving Enforcement and Awareness Campaign
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration created Distraction.gov and enforced the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign

The DOT first noted the need for driver safety awareness in 2009. At that time, anti-texting laws were only set in 18 states. As of 2014, 43 states have laws that ban text messaging when behind the wheel. The premise here is to enforce laws and change driving behaviors to create safer roads for everyone.

Driver Safety Tips

Want to know how to be safe and free of distraction? Make the most of Texas driver safety with these three tips:

  • Keep both eyes open and on the road
  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel in a 10 and 2 o’clock position
  • Keep your mind on driving

Be attentive while driving to increase your chances of avoiding collisions and accidents!

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