Our Drive Safe Cedar Valley’s first traffic safety video is being aired on local TV and movie theaters. Thanks to Hellman our public relations agency, Allen Hospital and KWWL TV.
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It takes 2 to make a cell phone connection. We might be able to help save lives. For example:
1- When calling someone on their cell phone ask them if they are driving.
2- When texting someone ask them not to reply if they are driving.
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Safe driving culture is shaped from very early ages. Drive Safe Cedar Valley has included cell phone use in a children’s activity booklet. By the time grade school children become adults the cell phone might have changed as we know it now. The interference of electronic communications with driving, however, will probably be even more complex. Technological advances provide lots of oppurtunities that were unavailable to us many years ago. At the same time they create situations, some of which life threatening, such as texting and driving.
Starting this Thursday, July 1, a new law designed to cut down on driving distractions goes into effect. The law bans adults from reading, writing, and sending text messages while driving. It also bans drivers under the age of 18 from using any electronic communication device while driving, including talking on the a cell phone.
Violators will face a $30 fine, but that amount could increase if police determine that using a cell phone contributed to an accident that caused injuries. Iowa drivers are being given a chance to adjust to the new law, however. Law enforcement officers will only issue warnings for the first year.
For more perspective on Iowa’s new cell phone law, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier did a recent article on the issue. Or, to see where Iowa ranks in comparison to other states with similar cell phone laws, click here.
Do you think Iowa’s new cell phone law will make a difference? If not, why? Leave a comment, or weigh in on our latest poll:
According to the NHTSA, nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted driver, and more than half a million were injured.
Quite a sobering statistic, as the country marks the first ever national No Phone Zone Day today, a day created by talk show host Oprah Winfrey to promote driver safety. Governmental agencies and the media, including the Today Show, have joined in the effort.
Texting and cell phone use behind the wheel are two of the most dangerous driving habits. Drive Safe Cedar Valley is on a mission to get local drivers to put their cell phones down in order to save lives and prevent injuries. And we’re not alone. The U.S. Department of Transportation has a similar initiative. Read more about it here.
Here are some more sobering statistics about distracted driving, according to Distracted.gov:
- Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent. (Source: Carnegie Mellon)
- The younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.
- Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
- Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (Source: University of Utah)
We want to know: do you text while driving? Leave a comment, or cast your vote in our latest poll.
One week from today – Friday, April 30th – will mark the first national No Phone Zone Day. Oprah Winfrey, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and other safe driving organizations and advocates have partnered to launch a new public service announcement campaign and declare April 30th a national day of awareness to end distracted driving. The initiative is designed to educate and activate Americans to end the deadly driving habits that kill nearly 6,000 Americans a year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to a news release, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will present a special live episode devoted to ending distracted driving. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will be one of the guests. “No Phone Zone Day” viewing rallies will also be held in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
So, Cedar Valley – celebrate safe driving and join in the effort to end distracted driving on Friday, April 30th – and beyond!