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Category: Distracted driving

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 continues to be a problem on our highways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): Drivers who use hand-held devices… 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

Talking While Driving Will be Illegal July 1

Posted in Distracted driving,Uncategorized on June 28, 2013

Starting on Monday, July 1, 2013, it will be illegal to talk on a hand held phone and driving in West Virginia. Last year, in an effort to curb distracted driving, the West Virginia Legislature passed a law outlawing texting while driving. The law provided that talking on a hand held cell phone while driving… read more

Texting while driving offenses on the rise in WV

Posted in Distracted driving,Uncategorized on May 7, 2013

To curb distracted driving, starting in July 2012, it was against the law to text while driving.  In the ten months since the law took effect, according to the Charleston Gazette, there have been 125 convictions of drivers who texted while driving in West Virginia.  While the overall number of 125 convictions may seem small,… read more