What’s Up Wednesdays

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

As of March 31st, there have been 54 traffic accidents, 10 injuries and 797 responses on the Causeway Bridge. There are three types of driving distractions; Visual, Manual and cognitive.

Visual Distractions: These are things that take the driver’s focus and eyes off the road, even for a split second. This could be adjusting devices in the vehicle (like a radio or GPS), viewing a new text message or looking outside of the vehicle at an accident.

Manual Distractions: These may or may not be combined with visual distractions. The driver is taking one or both of their hands of the steering wheel for a variety of reasons. It may be to answer a call or send a text message, grab their cup of coffee, or eat a meal while driving.

Cognitive Distractions: These are distractions that keep your mind from being focused during driving. If something else captures your attention or you are having trouble concentrating on the road, it could lead to potential accidents. You won’t be in the right state of mind to think fast or drive as safely as you should.

Driving demands our utmost attention at all times and unfortunately, the more experienced and comfortable we become behind the wheel, the more likely we are to get into an accident.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

As of March 31st, there have been 54 traffic accidents and 10 injuries on the Causeway Bridge. Distracted driving is an epidemic on American’s roadways. Distracted driving is fast becoming one of the country’s biggest health concerns. It is also one of the reasons for accidents on the Causeway Bridge. As more and more drivers text while on the road, distracted driving crashes are steadily increasing nationwide year over year. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 9 people are killed every day in the U.S.as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver. However, distracted driving doesn’t just mean texting and driving. You can be distracted by many activities.
Even if it’s just for a brief text, the results can be deadly. Consider the following statistics:

  • When you send a text, you take your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds. At highway speed, that’s the time it takes to drive the length of a football field.
  • At any moment during the daylight hours, about 660,000 drivers are handling cell phones or other electronic devices while driving in the U.S. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
  • You are 3 times more likely to get into an accident when distracted driving by manipulating a mobile device (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute).

Don’t let a distraction turn deadly.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

As of March 31, we have had 54 traffic accidents on the Causeway Bridge. Distracted driving is an epidemic on American’s roadways. In 2017, over 3,000 people were killed and an estimated 400,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

Distracted driving is one of the main causes of accidents that occur on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge. Here are some tips to help you focus on the roadway:

  1. Use your cell phone for emergency situations only.
  1. If you are drowsy, pull off the road.
  1. You should limit the level of activity inside the car.
  1. Avoid eating while driving. Being busy is no excuse for distracted driving.
  1. Do your multi-tasking outside the car.

We encourage Commuters to discuss the dangers of distracted driving with your family, friend, and neighbors by sharing #justdrive on social media. By doing so, together we can work to eliminate this senseless epidemic and make the Causeway Bridge and other roadways safer for everyone. To learn more about the USDOT DHTSA’s effort to stop distracted driving, please visit distraction.gov.

Wednesday, May 27, 2018

As of February 28, we have had 38 traffic accidents on the Causeway Bridge. With Easter around the corner, let us remember that it is a time of renewal and new life. Hug your family and friends and pay attention to the roads. Every Bunny wants to get home safe and every life is precious.