Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Even More on Distracted and Impaired Driving

Many recent studies further reinforce the problems with distracted and impaired driving.

Talking and Left Turns: a bad combination."Researchers from St. Michael's Hospital found that if a driver talks on the phone while making a left turn, even when it's on a hands-free device, there is decreased activation in the brain region responsible for vision control, and increased activation in the brain region responsible for decision-making. In other words, left-hand turns require a lot of attention from your brain, and talking on the phone -- even if you're trying to be responsible by going hands-free -- is a major distraction."

Marijuana can impair a driver for how long? "A new study shows that cannabis can be detected in the blood of daily smokers for a month after last intake. The scientific data, published in the journal Clinical Chemistry, might assist efforts to adopt public policies aimed at curbing drugged driving. Cannabis is second only to alcohol as a cause of impaired driving and motor vehicle crashes."

Practice what We Preach on Distracted Driving: Almost 83 percent of survey respondents to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety believe texting while driving is unacceptably dangerous, but nearly 35 percent admit to doing it in the last 30 days.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month: "The National Safety Council will host webinars, release videos and call on the public to pledge to drive cell-free.