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July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Distracted Driving Kicks Off Fleet Safety Conference

Mike Pitcher talks about how his company, LeasePlan USA, implemented a cell phone policy.

SCHAUMBURG, IL -- The annual Fleet Safety Conference kicked off Tuesday with an opening keynote address by Mike Pitcher, president and CEO of LeasePlan USA, took a look at changing corporate safety culture, specifically talking about his company's adoption of a no-cell-phone ban.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Fleet Safety Conference, Events

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

Study: Distracted Driving a Growing Problem Along Part of I-95

A new report shows distracted driving is a growing problem along a section of one of America’s most heavily travelled routes.

Tags: Texting, Safety, Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving, I-95, Interstate 95

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

Distraction Was Key in Chesapeake Bay Bridge Crash

A distracted truck driver failed to slow down, stuck the car ahead of him and pushed it off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge into the water 27 feet below. That’s the official National Transportation Safety Board conclusion in its analysis of the July 19, 2013, accident. The car’s driver managed to get out of the sinking vehicle and swim to safety with minor injuries.

Tags: Safety, Distracted Driving, NTSB

August 22, 2013 - Industry News

Four-Wheelers Less Concerned Than Before Over Dangerous Driving Behaviors

The number of people who believe that texting or emailing while driving is a very serious threat declined from 87% in 2009 to 81% in 2012.

According to a new survey from AAA, Americans are less likely than they used to be to perceive a serious threat from dangerous driving behaviors such as drunk, aggressive or drowsy driving.

Tags: Drivers, AAA, Distracted Driving, Safety & Compliance

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

'Cognitive Distraction' Means Hands-Free Cell Phones Aren't Any Safer

Fleet managers walked out of Wednesday Fleet Safety Conference keynote speech vowing to change the use of cell phones while driving in both their fleets and their personal lives, following a powerful presentation on distracted driving.

Tags: Safety, Distracted Driving, National Safety Council, Fleet Safety Conference, Cell Phones

April 25, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Most Distracted CV Drivers Are Distracted During Risky Maneuvers

The top 5% distracted drivers of commercial vehicles are distracted 79% of the time during risky driving maneuver. That's nearly six times more often than the rest of the drivers, according to the initial results of the SmartDrive Distracted Driving Index study, which explores the distracted driving rate of commercial fleets.

Tags: Safety, Distracted Driving, SmartDrive

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Hands-Free Texting Isn’t Safer According to New Study

Using a handheld phone for texting is equally dangerous whether you do it manually or with voice-to-text, according to new research.

Efforts by federal officials prohibiting all interstate and haz-mat truckers from texting while driving, along with many state having such laws for all drivers, may do little for safety on the roadway, based on new research.

Tags: Texting, Research, Drivers, Safety, Distracted Driving

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

Making a Left-Hand Turn While Talking on a Hands-Free Phone Is a Risky Combination

Most serious traffic accidents occur when drivers are making a left-hand turn at a busy intersection. When those drivers are also talking on a hands-free cell phone, "that could be the most dangerous thing they ever do on the road," said Dr. Tom Schweizer, a researcher at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

Tags: Distracted Driving

January 30, 2013 - Industry News

LaHood Leaves a Safety Legacy

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced that he will leave the Obama administration once a successor is confirmed.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who yesterday announced that he will leave the Obama administration once a successor is confirmed, will look back at a legacy of achievement, particularly in safety.

Tags: DOT, Ray LaHood, Government, Distracted Driving

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