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Category: Distracted driving

Aggressive Drivers Can be Extremely Dangerous

Posted in Car accident,Car collision,Distracted driving,Injuries,Uncategorized on November 29, 2021

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving is when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses to endanger other persons or property.” Any unsafe driving behavior, performed deliberately and with ill intention or disregard for safety, can constitute aggressive driving. Examples of aggressive driving behaviors include: Speeding in heavy… read more

West Virginia Cell Phone Laws

Posted in Car accident,Distracted driving on July 9, 2019

Cell phones evolved from being convenient methods of communication to holding our whole lives in a single device. Schedules, pictures, social media, internet, schoolwork – all are accessible through what we now call smartphones. With all of the features that smartphones tote, it isn’t hard to see that they could pose a huge distraction. This… read more

Distracted Driving Study Highlights Drivers’ Use of Mobile Devices

Posted in Distracted driving on June 28, 2018

Zendrive, a company developed to gather and analyze driving behavior, recently conducted one of the largest distracted driving behavior studies to date, encompassing 3 million drivers. Zendrive found that drivers use mobile phones while driving 88 out of 100 trips. Over the last two years, fatal collisions have increased dramatically. Because of this increase, Zendrive… read more

Safety Week: Teen Driving

Posted in Distracted driving,Uncategorized on October 18, 2017

This week’s safety topic is focused on teenagers and driving. A study conducted by The Reporter, Car and Driver Magazine, shows that a person talking and/or texting while driving takes longer to stop a vehicle than a driver who is considered legally drunk with a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content. The study found that at 70… read more

Study: Driver Distractions can extend 27 Seconds Beyond Act

Posted in Distracted driving,Uncategorized on November 17, 2015

A recent study from the American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety concludes that unsafe mental distractions can last as long as 27 seconds after a driver engages in a distracted behavior such as dialing a phone, changing music, or sending a text message using voice commands. The study researchers came to their conclusions… read more

Fairmont Police: Distracted Driving Citations on the Rise

Posted in Distracted driving,Uncategorized on November 16, 2015

Although it has been illegal to operate a hand held cell phone while driving in West Virginia since 2013, it hasn’t stopped people from hand held phone use. According to the Fairmont, WV, police department, since the inception of the law banning hand held phone usage while driving, citations in Fairmont have increased by the… read more

Distracted Driving: One Text or Call Could Wreck it All

Posted in Distracted driving,Uncategorized on April 14, 2015

It is always important to understand the dangers of distracted driving and April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) approximately 660,000 drivers are operating a cell phone or mobile electronic device while driving at any given daylight moment in the United States. Distracted driving is a… read more

Study: Distracted Driving Accounts for Majority of Teen Crashes

Posted in Distracted driving,Uncategorized on March 25, 2015

A new study just released by the American Automobile Association (AAA) concludes that distracted driving contributes to 58 percent of car accidents involving teen drivers. This is more than 4 times the previous estimates that were based on police reports. The study counted 6 different types of distraction that caused crashes. According to the analysis,… read more

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Posted in Distracted driving,Uncategorized on April 8, 2014

April is distracted driving awareness month.  Did you know that the term “distracted driving” was the 2009 word of the year according to Webster’s Dictionary?  Although that was several years ago, distracted driving in West Virginia continues to be a problem on our highways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): Drivers who… read more

Survey indicates more older drivers are distracted by smartphones

Posted in Distracted driving,Uncategorized on November 20, 2013

Distracted driving. When those two words cross most people’s minds, an image of a young person behind the wheel, looking down and texting a friend comes to mind. For most of us, distracted driving is often associated with younger drivers and, for good reason. However, a recent survey highlighted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last week… read more