March 2016: An alert from one of our readers who is very concerned about the effect of sleep deprivation on young people drowsydrivingteens and Teen Driving Danger
Distracted driving is PARTICULARLY dangerous for people who are already suffering from cognitive impairment due to lack of sleep Driving with too little SLEEP is as dangerous as too much ALCOHOL : - 'Pulling one all-nighter and then driving, is the equivalent of driving legally drunk' - According to the National Sleep Foundation. “Cognitive impairment after approximately 18 hours awake is similar to that of someone with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05 %. Cognitive impairment after 24 hours awake is equivalent to a BAC of 0.10 %, which is higher than the legal limit in the U.S.”
To see how these impairment figures affect you, the alcohol help centre has an on-line Blood Alcohol Calculator ( BAC)
Provided by The National Safety Council
The grim statistics of death & injury caused by distracted driving!
We have been asked by the Public Health Corps to ".... spread the word about this avoidable tragedy."
Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving. Drivers in their 20s make up 27% of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes
WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
Using a cell phone or smartphone
Eating and drinking,
Talking to passengers
Reading, including maps
Using a navigation system,
Watching a video
Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.
Here are 8 Lifesaving Resources for Driving Safety and Preventable Death
The Ultimate Guide to Staying Safe Behind the Wheel
Eyes on the Road: A Podcast from the CDC
Understanding the Distracted Brain: Why Driving While Using Hands-Free Cell Phones is Risky Behavior
Safety on the Road
The Complete Guide to Safe Parking
Parents Central | From Car Seats to Car Keys: Keeping Kids Safe
What to Do After a Car Crash
Tips for After a Car Accident: 10 Things to Note