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.
Where is Waterloo’s most dangerous spot? What intersection has the most number of fatalities? Where is that location where cars collide causing deaths? The answer is nowhere and everywhere. Or perhaps the answer is “inside us”. We are causing our own suffering. Vehicles and roadways have improved drastically. Has the driver improved too?
Almost all of fatal crashes happened at non-intersections. Almost all involved only one vehicle. You would think in a city it happens when two cars collide. In Waterloo, fatalities have been happening at random locations. Law enforcement and engineers concentrate on problem spots. When fatalities happen at random locations there is little they can do.
Is it our driving culture? Why do we have to lose so many people who are simply going from one point to another? Should going from here to there be this dangerous? Should so many lives be lost, more than to wars and to natural disasters? Besides emotional losses, the economical losses to our society are huge. What can we do to make zero fatalities a reality? Are we too distracted? Do we not care? Why do we drink alcohol and drive? One bicycle fatality tested positive for drugs. A pedestrian fatality was possibly due to dark clothes; not visible in the dark. What will it take to make us change our culture? What will it take to make us understand moving around town is a serious business?
Last year, the New York Times posted an interactive driving simulator online to show how distracted driving – particularly texting – negatively impacts your ability to drive. In the wake of Iowa’s new law against texting while driving, we thought our readers may be interested in a virtual example of why this new law is so important to follow.
According to an article posted by @mashable via Twitter, new MyFord Touch-equipped cars will let drivers block incoming calls and texts with a “Do Not Disturb” button. The biggest addition, however, is support for a new protocol (MAP) that will allow SYNC to read aloud incoming text messages over Bluetooth.
The new version of SYNC — available on 2011 models with MyFord Touch — will also include a “Do Not Disturb” button that will give drivers the ability to block incoming texts and calls, but still make outgoing calls.
To read the full article, click here.
Does this kind of technology play a role in your decision to purchase a new vehicle? Leave a comment, or vote in our latest TwtPoll.
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:
In an effort to reduce rural highway center line crossover crashes, the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) has adopted a policy to include center line rumble strips on certain sections of two-lane highways. According to a recent news release, 18-inch wide grooves will be milled into the center of the road to alert inattentive drivers when their vehicles are about to cross into the opposite lane.
Three test projects for center line rumble strips have already been installed on U.S. 34 in Union County, U.S. 52 in Dubuque County and U.S. 61 in Des Moines County.
Everyone’s in a hurry these days. Places to go, people to see, right? But our often hurried lives can carry over to the way we drive – with a dangerous effect. We came across the following YouTube video, which depicts several minutes worth of traffic camera clips of some serious intersection crashes and close calls. We could go on and on about the bad decision-making made by drivers in this video, but we don’t have to. The video speaks for itself. Let’s prevent these types of situations from happening in the Cedar Valley.
Sobering to watch, isn’t it? That brings us to our latest TwtPoll: How do you respond when a traffic light turns yellow? Cast your vote, or leave a comment below. We love feedback!