Nurse Knittig

JANUARY BULLENTIN BOARD

 
JANUARY 2017

The most comprehensive research ever conducted into crash videos of teen drivers has found significant evidence that distracted driving is likely much more serious a problem than previously known, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The unprecedented video analysis finds that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police reports. Researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in nearly 1,700 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders. The results showed that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of all crashes studied; including 89 percent of road-departure crashes and 76 percent of rear-end crashes. NHTSA previously has estimated that distraction is a factor in only 14 percent of all teen driver crashes.

The most common forms of distraction leading up to a crash by a teen driver included:

  • Interacting with one or more passengers: 15% of crashes
  • Cell phone use: 12% of crashes
    • Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
    • 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
    • Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
    • The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
  • Looking at something in the vehicle: 10% of crashes
  • Looking at something outside the vehicle: 9% of crashes
  • Singing/moving to music: 8% of crashes
  • Grooming: 65 of crashes
  • Reaching for an object: 6% of crashes

Parents play a critical role in preventing distracted driving. AAA recommends that parents teach teens about the dangers of cell phone use and restrict passengers during the learning-to-drive process.  Before parents begin practice driving with teens, they should create a parent-teen driving agreement that includes strict ground rules related to distraction. AAA offers a comprehensive driver education program, where teens can learn specifically how using a cell phone affects driving abilities and increases their crash risk. For more information, visit:  http://teendriving.aaa.com/MO/

This is also a good website to look into for info on distracted driving: http://distracteddriveraccidents.com/blog/

Or you can sign the ‘It can wait” pledge here:   https://www.itcanwait.com/

 

Drive safe out there!


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