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FHP: Texting and Driving Distracted at 89 MPH Before Crash

A driver involved in a fatal collision that killed a St. Petersburg woman was allegedly sending text messages and driving nearly 90 miles per hour in the seconds leading up to the crash. Earlier this month, the Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Ashli Harvey, 27, of Tallahassee on charges of vehicular homicide and possession of [...]

May 14th, 2015|Car Accident, Distracted Driving|Comments Off on FHP: Texting and Driving Distracted at 89 MPH Before Crash

Distractions Cause More Teen Crashes Than Previously Reported

Cell phones and friends: Those are the most likely distractions for teen drivers, and new research shows the problem is much worse than anyone knew. Researchers at the University of Iowa studied about 1,700 videos of teen car crashes and found that distractions were contributing factors in 58 percent of the wrecks, according to a [...]

April 2nd, 2015|Car Accident, Distracted Driving|Comments Off on Distractions Cause More Teen Crashes Than Previously Reported

Drowsy Driving Factors in a Fifth of Fatal Accidents

A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that drowsy driving is much more prevalent than previously thought and is a factor in one of every five fatal traffic accidents. Drowsy drivers are a serious problem here in Tampa and across the country. The American Automobile Association (AAA) study says the impact [...]

November 13th, 2014|Car Accident, Distracted Driving|Comments Off on Drowsy Driving Factors in a Fifth of Fatal Accidents

Study: Google Glass No Safer Than Smartphone

Google Glass gives the impression that it’s a way for motorists to focus on the road while staying attached to the Internet, but a study of the new technology suggests that it’s just as distracting for drivers as a smartphone. Researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) working in cooperation with the Air Force [...]

October 2nd, 2014|Distracted Driving|Comments Off on Study: Google Glass No Safer Than Smartphone

Drivers Admit Risky Behavior Despite Knowing of Dangers

Every driver knows (or should know) about the dangers of distracted driving. Yet many drivers nonetheless are guilty of distracted behavior behind the wheel. A survey in May by The Harris Poll of more than 2,200 adults exposed some troubling statistics. Of the drivers surveyed: 74 percent have talked on a cellphone behind the wheel, [...]

August 9th, 2014|Car Accident, Distracted Driving|Comments Off on Drivers Admit Risky Behavior Despite Knowing of Dangers

Florida May Toughen Penalties for Traffic Deaths Tied to Texting

On October 1 of last year, a bill went into effect in Florida that bans texting while driving. The law isn't particularly stringent, however, as texting while driving is only a secondary violation. This means that drivers can be pulled over only if a police officer sees other infractions, such as speeding or running a [...]

April 23rd, 2014|Distracted Driving|0 Comments

Study Finds Teen Drivers Are Easily Distracted

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. Teens are three times more likely to be involved in fatal car accidents than drivers age 20 or older. A recent study may shed some light on why teens are at a [...]

April 10th, 2014|Distracted Driving|0 Comments

Distracted Driving Causing More Pedestrian, Cyclist Deaths

Distracted drivers are responsible for the deaths of a rising number of pedestrians and bicyclists, researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center say. Researchers looked at data from 2005 to 2010 and found that the number of pedestrians hit and killed by distracted drivers rose from 344 to 500 during that period. The number [...]

March 14th, 2014|Distracted Driving|0 Comments

Survey Shows that More Adults Text and Drive Than Teens

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that one out of every 10 fatal car accidents in the U.S. is related to distracted driving. And although teenagers are often thought of as the ones who use their cell phones while driving the most, a recent survey discovered that wasn’t true. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety [...]

February 21st, 2014|Distracted Driving|0 Comments

Distracted Train and Bus Drivers Get Scrutiny

It’s dangerous enough when drivers look at their cellphones or send texts while in their own cars, but even more lives can be put at risk when public transportation drivers do so. Because of the danger, regulators are cracking down on distracted driving by transit operators and other commercial drivers of large vehicles, the Morning [...]

January 24th, 2014|Distracted Driving|0 Comments