Distracted Driving

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Technology: Friend and Foe of Distracted Driving

Jeremy Thurman on March 20, 2012

Concerned parents and driving safety advocates in Oklahoma were disheartened last week when the Oklahoma Senate rejected a bill that would prevent teens from using cell phones while driving. Whether you agree or disagree with the proposed bill, distracted driving statistics indicate that something must be done to reverse the disturbing rise in distraction-related driving incidents. And while technology is often targeted as a contributor to distracted driving trends, it can also be a tool to help increase safety for our youngest drivers.

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Distracted Drivers are the Most Dangerous

Noble McIntyre on July 1, 2011

Drunk drivers, move aside. Distracted drivers are now the most dangerous drivers on the road. According to recent distracted driving statistics, distracted drivers are 23 more times likely to cause accidents, compared to drunk drivers who are 7 times more likely to cause one. Also concerning is the amount of deaths that can be attributed to distracted driving. In 2009, out of the 33,808 car crash deaths, reports indicate that 16%, or 5,474, were attributable to driver distraction. Research also suggests that up to 80%, or 27,046 deaths, could have involved driver distraction.
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National Safety Month Week 3: Safe Teen Driving

Noble McIntyre on June 16, 2011

School is out for summer. The freedom from the classroom. The lazy days at the pool. The opportunity to make money at a job. All of these mean one thing – more teenage drivers out on the road. Unfortunately, car crashes are the leading killer of teenagers, with the summer months being the deadliest. Around twice as many teens die in car crashes in June, July, and August compared to the rest of the year. On average, 422 teens die in car crashes during each of these months, compared to 363 teens during the non-summer months. Continue reading


Deadly Car Accident – Adverse Driving Conditions

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.


A Truly Scary Halloween Tale – Child and Driver Safety

Jeremy Thurman on October 28, 2010

From Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin to Ichabod Crane’s Headless Horseman there are endless frightful stories that are re-told each Halloween. However, there is one terrifying story about Halloween that is true.

On Halloween it is twice as likely children will be killed by a car while walking on this night than any other night of the year, according to study by Safe Kids USA. One big step that can be taken to prevent this is safe, cautious driving on the Halloween evening. The excitement of Halloween, crazy costumes and loads of candy can make children move in unpredictable ways. Therefore, it’s important to take extra precautions when driving on the ghostly holiday during the peak trick-or-treat hours of 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Continue reading


16,000 Deaths Linked to Texting While Driving

Jeremy Thurman on September 28, 2010

I recently posted a blog on injurboard.com titled “University of North Texas Study Establishes the Need for Legislation Banning Texting While Driving.” In this blog I discuss a new academic study from the University of North Texas which shows that texting while driving resulted in 16000 road fatalities from 2001 to 2007. Even more worrisome is the fact that texting while driving is increasing rather than decreasing. Please take a look at our blog on injurboard.com for more information on the study. Continue reading


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