Distracted Driving News

Speeding on roads is a growing problem

September 17, 2021

                  The artist who drew this picture of a car hitting a tree is Michele Garcia Robles, a junior at Chaska High School. She leads that school’s Shreya Foundation’s Distraction-free Life Club. “I had family and friends who got into bad car crashes,” she said. “(The program) stood out because it helped me to bring awareness to my school. We are all becoming young adults and learning how to drive.” (Illustration by…

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The Traffic Safety Selfie Challenge: A Local Social Media Challenge Designed to Promote Safer Driving Habits and Creativity

August 2, 2021

By: Ava Chen   Speeding on our roadways, distracted driving, driving while impaired are all prevalent problems in our society. During the last year, this problem has only gotten worse due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2020, people drove less due to the pandemic, but an estimated 38,680 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This marks a 7.2% increase in fatalities when compared to 2019. Some of the behaviors that drove this…

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Highway Hypnosis, Snap Out of It! 

July 19, 2021

After a long day of work, you tiredly get in your car, with your only thought being to get home and crawl into bed. You pull out of the parking lot and enter the streets, lost in your thoughts. After what feels like a few moments, you pull onto your driveway with no recollection of how you got there. You glance at the clock and notice that 20 minutes have gone by! It’s like your brain went into a trance,…

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A Wake-Up Call for Drowsy Drivers: It’s More Dangerous Than Your Wildest Dreams

July 19, 2021

One type of Cognitive Distraction found on the road that is not talked about enough is fatigued driving, or drowsy driving. Fatigued driving occurs most commonly occurs when a driver has had less than 7 hours of sleep in the past 24 hours. It can also be caused by extended work hours, strenuous work or non-work activities, or a combination of other factors. Crashes caused by drowsy driving result in more than 1,550 fatalities and 71,000 injuries every year. While there…

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Cognitive Distractions: Distractions We Don’t Think About Enough 

July 19, 2021

One second is all it takes to cost a life. A moment of distraction can result in dire consequences which can be easily avoided if the driver is cautious enough. There are three different kinds of distraction that a driver can face: visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual distractions occur when one looks away from the road, manual distractions happen when a driver’s hands are off the wheel attending to any other task, and cognitive distractions take place when a person…

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