Jeremy Thurman on December 14, 2010
Chickashanews.com is reporting that a two people recently lost their lives in a car accident that occurred at 7:48 a.m. on State Highway 76 about two-tenths of a mile south of 260th. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a 2008 Suzuki Forenza was traveling northbound on SH 76 and impacted with a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup. The report states that it was a two lane undivided road. Investigators believe rainy and foggy conditions may have played a role in the accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
This tragic car accident should serve as a reminder of the dangers associated with driving in rural Oklahoma. Having lived much of my life in rural Oklahoma, I can personally attest to the dangers associated with driving on undivided two lane roads. Oklahoma drivers should take extra care on these roads to be cognizant of other drivers as well as any adverse conditions that could cause a car wreck.
Elizabeth Larrick on November 10, 2010
The road hazard of drowsy driving is normally hidden behind the obvious dangers of intoxication, speeding and texting; but, this concealed risk is experienced by 41% of drivers according to a report by American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety. Snoozing while driving is responsible for an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and 100,000 accidents each year. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) These numbers are only collected by driver admissions and therefore hundreds more accidents and deaths may be caused by sleepy drivers. Continue reading
Jeremy Thurman on August 31, 2010
According to Newsok.com, a recent Nielsen survey found that “Oklahoma was one of just seven states whose residents send and receive more than 600 text messages a month.” With this proliferation of texting, it doesn’t take statistical mathematics to conclude that every Oklahoma driver is at a higher risk for being in a traffic accident.
As many of our readers know, distracted driving is one of the leading causes in motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 5,780 died and more than a half-million were hurt in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver in 2008 alone. Texting while driving is the main contributor to distracted driving because it takes away the use of one hand and requires the driver to frequently glance at their phone. This activity can include composing, sending or receiving text messages or emails, and any use of the Internet on a mobile device.
Texting while driving has claimed the lives of many teen victims throughout the United States. More recently, celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan died in a one car accident on August 17, 2010. Dr. Ryan had been sending Twitter messages about his dog before his vehicle plunged off a cliff on the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu, California. This type of tragic event puts into perspective how serious the dangers of texting and driving are.
Oklahoma does not have a specific law that addresses cell phone use or texting for the general public. In January of this year, Governor Brad Henry signed an executive order prohibiting any state employee from texting with a cell phone while driving state vehicles. However, be aware municipalities have addressed this hazardous driving condition by passing their own cell phone bans in school zones and other localities within their city limits.
There are simple ways to prevent the dangers of texting and driving. The best advice is to not use your cell phone while in the car. If you can’t avoid using your cell phone, pull to the side of the road to use your phone or use a hands-free device.