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Tag Archives: Distracted Driving

Truck Accident Statistics

Get The Facts: 500,000 truck accidents occur every year in the United States. Of these accidents, 5,000 result in death. One in 8 traffic fatalities involves a trucking collision. The most significant cause for truck accidents is truck driver fatigue, which accounts for as many as 35-40% of all truck accidents. Commercial trucking revenues totaled -->

Driver Charged in Fatal Crash on Route 9W

A Poughkeepsie man, Francisco Vasquez-Cruz, faces a vehicular manslaughter charge following a crash in Highland that took the life of a 41-year-old Wallkill man. Vasquez-Cruz was also charged with driving while intoxicated and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after the Route 9W accident Thursday involving an SUV and a motorcycle. The motorcycle driver, Fernando -->

Teen Drinking & Driving: A Dangerous Mix

Nearly one million high school teens drank and drove in 2011. Teens are 3 times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal crash and drinking and driving increases this risk for teens. The Problem: Drinking & Driving Can Be Deadly, Especially for Teens. Although drinking and driving among teens has decreased -->

Voice-To-Text Just As Dangerous As Texting

A new study shows that using voice – i.e. Siri on the iPhone – to send text messages while driving is just as dangerous as texting with your fingers while driving. The study concluded that the driver’s response time was significantly delayed no matter which method they used. The study, conducted by Texas Transportation Institute -->

Safety Agency Backs Limits to Car Devices

In an effort to reduce the risk of distracted driving, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is recommending that automakers limit the functions of electronic devices built into vehicles. The guidelines released focus on minimizing amenities such as navigation systems, communication and certain entertainment devices. The guidelines also recommend limiting the amount of time drivers -->

NY Thruway Troopers Stepping Up & Cracking Down On Texting & Driving

NY State Thruway Troopers will be stepping up patrols to catch motorists using their cell phones while driving. “Operation Hang Up” will begin on Monday and continue through next Sunday. Police say texting and talking on the phone while driving has become a serious problem among motorists. Texting while driving is responsible for a significant -->

Indictment: Driver Who Hit New Windsor Pedestrian Was On Drugs

A 35 year old man, Arsen Berezhansky, of the Bronx, was arraigned Friday in Orange County Court on an indictment charging assault and vehicular assault, felonies, and driving under the influence of drugs. Mr. Berezhansky was said to be under the influence of drugs including oxycodone when the car he was driving struck a 47-year-old -->

Did You Know…

drowsy driving is a factor in one in six vehicle accidents? 14% of drivers ages 16-24 admitted to falling asleep while driving at least once in the past year. 10% of drivers of all ages admitted to this. young drivers are still texting while driving? Approximately 70% of drivers 18-29 text while driving. 50% surf -->

Student Killed While Texting & Driving – His Final Text Revealed to Help Deter Others

A 22-year old University of Northern Colorado student, Alexander Heit, was texting and driving when he lost control of his car and was killed in the crash. Witnesses say the victim had his head down as he wrote “Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw” before crashing. Heit’s parents disclosed the image to the -->

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Tips for Moms Driving Safely This Month

1 in 10 new moms have been in a crash with their baby, according to this article from Parents magazine. 3 out of 4 moms talk on the phone while driving with their baby which makes them 4 times more likely to crash.  According to the article, moms drive on less sleep than truckers! It -->