Distracted Driving Awareness Starts with you. As part of the effort to stop accidents caused by distracted drivers, the California Highway Patrol (CHP), along with other law enforcement agencies, are working to crack down on drivers who violate the states distracted driving laws. According to a news article on ABC30.com, a driver was observed using an iPad while driving along with several other drivers who were using their phones while driving. A CHP representative said that phones are not the only distraction they observe. Drivers reading newspapers in the fast lane or women putting on makeup while driving are also examples of distracted driving.
Distracted driving is quickly becoming the most common reason for car crashes throughout the United States. Texting while driving is one of the worse forms of distracted driving as it requires the driver to completely disengage from the task of driving. Your eyes are looking at your cell phone, at least one hand is of the steering wheel, and your mind is not on the road ahead of you. In a matter of seconds, you can cause a horrific traffic accident that injuries or takes the lives of others. Other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and anyone else in your path is in immediate danger if you choose to ignore the warnings about texting while driving.
As reported by ABC30 Action News, a California Highway Patrol officer was injured in a motorcycle collision on Highway 180 in Fresno between Clovis Avenue and Peach Avenue. The motorcycle collision resulted in a partial shutdown of the interstate for several hours. The officer was responding to another collision when the driver of a pickup truck swerved and collided with the officer’s motorcycle. The motorcycle collided with the center median before flipping over into the eastbound lanes of Highway 180 and bursting into flames. The CHP officer was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
If you answered yes to this question, you are not alone. According to a study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, distractions is the most common cause of motor vehicle accidents. The study entitled “Second Strategic Highway Research Program Naturalistic Driving Study” looked at more than 3,500 drivers between the ages of 18 and