Friday, September 25, 2009

Distracted Driving - Time to Start Addressing the Problem

The hot topic on the minds of transportation officials all across the country over the past few weeks has been the problem of distracted driving. With more and more states beginning to examine the possibility of proposing texting/emailing bans or complete cell phone bans, driver distraction has been pushed to the front of the transportation safety agenda.

The increased attention being given to distraction is reflected in the upcoming Distracted Driving Summit being hosted in Washington, DC by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The summit, to be held on Sept 30th-Oct 1st, will bring together senior transportation officials, elected officials, safety advocates and law enforcement to discuss the problem of driver distraction and how it can be addressed. The AAA Foundation will be involved with these proceedings as Senior Manager of Development Kristin Backstrom will share the foundation’s knowledge on the issue, including findings from this year’s AAA Foundation Traffic Safety Culture Index survey which found 80 percent of drivers agree that distracted driving is a serious threat to their safety, but 67% of drivers also admitted to talking on a cell phone while driving in the past month.

This “Do as I say, Not as I do” attitude is one of things we must change to push toward a positive culture of safety. As part of this effort, we are calling for all drivers to become a distraction-free driver during Heads Up Driving Week beginning October 5th. During that week, we would like to remind drivers of the risks from all types of distracting behaviors and encourage them to drive distraction free. We all need to examine our own driving habits and stop engaging in distracting behaviors behind the wheel. Help spread the message about the dangers of distracted driving and keep your Heads Up from October 5th-11th.

10 comments:

Rusty said...

As I know you're aware, Peter, the teen driving while distracted problem is even worse. Did you catch the recent NPR story on technologies to disable cell phones while the vehicle is in motion? Teens at a high school were quoted saying "texting and driving is fun" and "you'll never stop me from texting while I drive" - can you imagine if they were saying "drinking and driving is fun, you won't get me to stop." We have a tough uphill battle - thanks for putting the Foundation's focus on it! - Rusty

idstexas said...

i really think this is one of the major causes of the distracted driving cases.. Cellphone... people are more careless on the roads while driving and does not drive properly .. i think the only way to get out of this problem is to make them learn the defensive mechanism techniques....
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jackie100 said...

I think these proposed regulations are reasonable. However, drivers who want to circumvent the laws will find a way to do so, whether it's by fiddling around on their ipad or whatnot. It's ultimately up to the driver to regulate their own behavior.

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