distraction

As crashes rise, distracted driving has (mostly) stayed the same

By Chris McCahill Are cell phones to blame for rising traffic deaths? We have looked for evidence before and came up empty-handed. A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that drivers are just as distracted now as they were a few years ago, but some are swapping old

Study finds risky driving still a problem around schools

By Saumya Jain Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death among school children. Although some cities and schools that have implemented safety programs around schools have seen decreases in dangerous driving in school zones, those improvements have been more than offset by worsening driver

Pedestrian deaths are a systemic problem in the U.S.

Bu Chris McCahill Pedestrian deaths hovered around 6,000 in 2017, according to a new report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. That’s a slight drop from the previous year but still 45 percent higher than in 2009. Media reports have hyped a handful of theories to explain the

California curbs drivers’ cell phone use, but crashes remain steady

By Logan Dredske Beginning in January of 2017 a California law prohibited drivers from holding their phone in their hands for any reason. Analysis by California’s Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) found that in 2017 four percent of drivers were picking up and using their phones, compared to the

Distracted driving: a silent killer?

By Chris McCahill “Blame Apps,” read a New York Times headline from last year, referring to the recent spike in traffic deaths. Representatives from the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration called distracted driving a

Montana approves digital billboards amid continuing national debate

By Bill Holloway The Montana Transportation Commission recently voted 4-1 to allow digital billboards along highways in areas zoned commercial or industrial. The signs were allowed despite substantial public opposition. However, they are subject to a number of restrictions aimed at reducing their

Cell phone distraction: It’s not just for drivers anymore

By Mary Ebeling We’ve all seen it, the zombie-like pedestrian apparently blinded by their cell phone while using it for a conversation or texting. While incidents of distracted driving crashes involving cell phones are down, pedestrian injuries due to cell phone distraction while

Getting Results: SRTS Programs That Reduce Speeding and Distracted Driving (National Center for Safe Routes to School, 2012)

The second installment in the “Getting Results” series on getting and measuring results with SRTS programs. To read more about measuring and evaluating the results of an SRTS program, see the publications: Getting Results: SRTS Programs That Reduce Traffic and Getting Results: SRTS

Safety advocates still waiting for FHWA report on digital billboards

Distracted driving has been a popular news topic and safety concern of late, but most articles on the issue have focused on the impact of texting or phone conversations while driving. Little has been written about distractions outside the car, such as digital billboards that flash or change