Texting and driving is a problem in Louisiana and elsewhere in the United States. Law enforcement and public safety officials have tried to build traffic and public education campaigns to reduce the incidents of texting and driving on the road. Even so, it seems one police officer from Reading, Ohio may have failed to get the memo on the department's texting and driving policy, and one driver may have prevented a future car accident.
August 2011 Archives
A recent drunk driving episode between a father and an 8-year-old son demonstrates the importance of efforts by police to reduce drunk driving and therefore alcohol-related car accidents in Louisiana. Despite the importance of police efforts some drivers share information on DWI checkpoints and the prevalence of social media has made sharing that information even easier. Today there are Facebook pages dedicated to DWI checkpoints in cities across Louisiana including Baton Rouge.
American drivers, whether they live in Louisiana or someplace else, tend to rate their own driving abilities highly. When asked about the abilities of other drivers on the road, American drivers will generally identify their skills as lacking and as the cause of car accidents on the road. A recent study conducted by Allstate reinforces the view that American drivers have of themselves and others, but the study also shows that those who rate themselves as good drivers still partake in dangerous driving habits that can cause car accidents.
The interstates and highways are full of tractor-trailers and semi's today. Sometimes as drivers approach a semi from behind on the road, the thought, "This trailer better stay attached as I pass," crosses the minds of many. Recently a runaway truck trailer caused a fatal car accident on a highway in Mississippi.
Google is well known as a search-engine company, but it is also famous for taking on other technological pursuits. One such pursuit is the Google car. Google cars are self-driving cars outfitted with lasers, radar and video cameras to discern road hazards and to travel the road. In order to legally be on the road during automated test drives, Google cars have a human driver. It turns out that the first Google car, car accident may be the fault of a human-being.
When many of us drive down the road or highway and we feel that a car may pull out from an intersection or make a quick lane change, we drive defensively by holding our foot above the brake. Many folks hold their foot above the brake because they know the extra time it takes to move their foot from the accelerator to the brake may be the difference between a car accident and a near-accident. In the future, drivers may not have to move their feet at all. Instead all drivers may have to do is think the thought, "brake."
Last week we wrote about how distracted driving statistics get reported and that the number of car accidents caused by distracted driving is probably underreported in Louisiana and elsewhere. Even though the number of distracted driving car accidents is underreported, crashes caused by distracted driving continue to rise. As more and more people use smartphones and smartphone applications, the source of cellphone-related driving distractions expands as well.
We all know distracted driving is a serious issue in Louisiana and across the United States. As improvements in technology continue to integrate cell phone use into our daily lives, it will be harder and harder to put the phone down when behind the wheel. Though distracted driving is a major cause of car accidents the real number of car and truck crashes caused by cell phone distraction is unknown.
Drinking and driving remains a major cause of car accidents in Louisiana and across the country, but the legal punishment for drinking and driving varies from state to state and sometimes county to county. Even though drinking and driving laws in Louisiana are different than they are in Mississippi because there is no national standard, the victims of drinking and driving car accidents suffer the same experience.