By Dug Begley and St. John Barned-Smith Updated 5:46 pm CDT, Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Houston Police officer Aaron Richberg conducts a drunk driving test during a traffic stop. Houston Police officer Aaron Richberg conducts a drunk driving test during a traffic stop. Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Houston Police officer Aaron Richberg conducts a drunk driving test during a traffic stop. Houston Police officer Aaron Richberg conducts a drunk driving test during a traffic stop. Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle Houston has an impaired driving problem. Solutions are available, but they can be taxing 1 / 1 Back to … [Read more...] about Houston has an impaired driving problem. Solutions are available, but they can be taxing
National distracted driving awareness month
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Ashley Halsey III, The Washington Post Published 9:15 pm, Tuesday, June 26, 2018 It's illegal in 47 states, but too many people are addicted. It's restricted in 15 states, but it happens in broad daylight and hardly anyone gets caught in the act. It's condemned even by some of the people who do it. With that in mind, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has been studying how to minimize the driving distractions that kill 3,500 people and injure 390,000 in U.S. crashes every year. What they found, in a study presented Wednesday, is that automakers aren't necessarily the best at deciding what to install in their vehicles. "What we've been studying for the last three or four years is the explosion to technology in the vehicle - hundreds of buttons, touch screens, gesture controls, heads-up displays, voice commands," said David Strayer, the author of the study. "Our concern is that in many cases the driver will assume that if it's put in the vehicle, and it's enabled to be … [Read more...] about In-car technology complicates deadly, addictive issue of distracted driving
Failing to pay attention to the road was always the biggest safety mistake of drivers, but in the age of mobile phones they’ve taken it to tragically fatal levels.Test messaging while driving “is by far the most alarming distraction,” New Jersey says, because it requires the visual, manual and cognitive attention of the driver.Distracted driving crashes caused 3,500 fatalities and close to 400,000 injuries in the United States in 2015. Those numbers will keep relentlessly rising since smartphone ownership has doubled since 2011.In New Jersey, distracted driving was a factor in 217 of the state’s 570 fatal accidents in 2016. The 602 people killed in those crashes were a 40 percent increase from the year before.Last month, a report from location-sharing-app company Life360 provided a reason why the trend is so bad in the state. New Jersey drivers are the most distracted in the nation, using a phone an estimated once every 4.7 miles, according to its 2018 … [Read more...] about NJ drivers most distracted, need more enforcement
WHEATON, Md. — Distracted drivers are always on the radar of police issuing tickets, but extra patrols and officers working overtime are cracking down in Montgomery County as part of the “Vision Zero” initiative. Communities nationwide have adopted Vision Zero goals to prevent drivers, walkers and cyclists from dying in traffic crashes. “Distracted driving and distracted walking are two of the leading causes of crashes in Montgomery County. Today, we are reminding drivers and pedestrians of the need to stay alert to stay alive,” County Executive Ike Leggett said. Leggett joined other community leaders Thursday in announcing this month’s “Stay Alert, Stay Alive” campaign, which is part of the county’s Vision Zero plan. While the news conference was underway alongside Randolph Road in Glenmont, nearby officers conducted traffic stops that included the use of spotters and stop teams. An officer standing on a sidewalk watched for … [Read more...] about Look up or pay up: Md. county cracks down on distracted drivers