What’s Up Wednesdays

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

As of September 30th, there have been 128 crashes, 13 injuries, and 2,868 responses on the Causeway Bridge this year.

All drivers know about the dangers of texting while driving but what about talking on your phone? According to a study conducted at the University of Calgary it can be more dangerous than we think. The research team analyzed nearly 100 studies about driving and cell phone use, and they found that talking on a phone makes you a worse driver, even if you use a hands-free device like Bluetooth. Even if you’re looking at the road while talking, you’re more likely to get in a crash than you would be if you were phone free.

A lot of drivers use the long drive on the Causeway as a chance to catch up with people they have been meaning to reach out to, but the risk definitely outweighs the benefit. Remember, talking to your boo can you wait until you are off the roadway.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

As of September 30th, there have been 128 crashes and 13 injuries on the Causeway Bridge this year.

Football tailgating is a great way to gather with family and friends. However, it is very serious problem while driving. Just how common are collisions due to tailgating? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that 23 percent of all motor vehicle crashes are rear-end collisions, leading to 2,000 deaths and 950,000 injuries every year. Due to the driving conditions, tailgating is especially dangerous on Causeway Bridge.

How do you know if you are tailgating? Pick a marker on the road and count the time between when the car in front of you passes and then when you pass. There should be at least 3 seconds of time between when the back of the other vehicle passes and the front of your vehicle reaches the marker. In wet or fast driving conditions, add another second or two of time.

If you see any unsafe driving, such as tailgating, please contact the Causeway Police department at 504-835-3116 or *27 on your cellular phone. We rely on the assistance of the Commuters to keep the Causeway Bridge is safe

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

As of September 30th, there have been 128 crashes on the Causeway Bridge.

Recently, car companies have begun to emphasize new crash avoidance features on vehicles to prevent accidents. At the same time, many motorists are forgetting to use the basic safety tools their vehicles provide. One of these is the turn signal, which can be vital to preventing a wreck. Unfortunately, many drivers are not using their turn signals on a regular basis.

About 40 percent of a vehicle’s outer perimeter is hidden by blind spots, so it is very important that drivers signal even if you don’t see anyone else nearby.

Failure to signal is illegal, inconsiderate and extremely dangerous to everyone in your vehicle and to all the road users around you. And even if you are in the habit of using turn signals, please make sure yours are actually working. When you practice safe driving, you will have a better chance of avoiding accidents.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

As of August 31st, there have been 118 crashes, 12 injuries, 2,558 responses and 156 DWI arrest this year on the Causeway Bridge. This year, 267 drivers did not check their gas level and ran out of gas on the Causeway Bridge this year.

Most of us have been in that predicament at one time or another: the gas tank is getting low, perhaps the gauge is now pointing to “E” and the little light comes on…how much longer do you have before you run completely out of gas? Can you drive the Causeway Bridge on “E”?

We always recommend checking your gas level and, if needed, find the nearest gas station before you get on the Bridge. Most if not all auto mechanics recommend not letting your gas tank get too much lower than 1/4 full.

A vehicle’s fuel pump brings gasoline from the tank to the engine and is lubricated by the fuel in the gas tank. Once your gas starts to run out, there is nothing left to lubricate or cool the pump, making it work overtime to pull whatever gasoline is left from the bottom of the tank. Over time this can damage the fuel pump beyond repair.

If you do run out of gas on the Causeway bridge, please dial *27 (*CP) from your cellular phone or 504-835-3116 to contact the Causeway and Huey P. Long Police dispatch.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

As of August 31st, there have been 118 crashes, 12 injuries and 2,558 responses on the Causeway Bridge this year.

If you’ve ever gotten behind the wheel while feeling drowsy, you’re not alone. Sixty percent of adults in the U.S. have done it and around one-third of people have actually fallen asleep at the wheel. Though driving while exhausted may seem relatively harmless, it has serious consequences. You could get into a car accident and possibly harm yourself or someone else.

Driving drowsy is dangerous because sleep deprivation can have similar effects on your body as drinking alcohol. Being awake for 18 hours straight makes you drive like you have a blood alcohol level of .05. If you’ve been awake for a full 24 hours and drive, it’s like you have a blood alcohol level of .10.

A driver might not even know when he or she is fatigued because signs of fatigue are hard to identify. Signs of drowsy driving are trouble focusing, heavy eyelids, an inability to remember the last stretch of road that you just drove, yawning constantly, bobbing your head, and drifting from your lane.

Remember driving drowsy driving puts you and others at risk. Here are a few things you should do before taking the wheel to prevent driving while drowsy:

  • Get enough sleep! Most adults need at least 7 hours of sleep a day, while teens need at least 8 or 9 hours a night
  • Develop good sleeping habits such as sticking to a sleep schedule.
  • If you have a sleep disorder or have symptoms of a sleep disorder such as snoring or feeling sleepy during the day, talk to your physician about treatment options.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or taking medications that make you sleepy.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

As of August 31st, there have been 118 crashes and 12 injuries on the Causeway Bridge this year.

There are several distractions that can take your attention away from driving. Sadly in America, 9 people die daily due to distracted driving. Distracted driving is a large and growing problem not only on the Causeway Bridge but everywhere. How much do you really know about it? Below is a quiz, from the Department of Motor Vehicles, that will help you learn more about this dangerous issue. The answer key is located at the very bottom of the quiz.

1. Using a hands-free device while driving is substantially safer than using a hand-held device.
2. Talking to the passenger beside you while driving is just as dangerous as talking on the phone.
3. Checking on a text message while driving at 55 mph is the equivalent of covering the length of ________ while blindfolded.
A: A high school gym.
B: A football field.
C: 5 car lengths.
D: 4 city blocks.
4. According to the NHTSA estimates, how many people are killed every day due to distracted driving?
A: 0
B: 3
C: 5
D: More than 9
5. What percentages of teens have multi-text conversations while driving?
A: 10%
B: 20%
C: 30%
D: 40%
6. What percentages of distracted driving fatalities are of drivers in their 20’s?
A: 10%
B: 27%
C: Less than 5%
D: 18%
Answer Key:
1. False: Having any type of phone conversation—whether on a hands-free or hand-held device—can be equally distracting on the road. Even if both of your hands are on the wheel, being involved in a conversation can take your mind off the road.
2. False: When you’re talking to someone with knowledge of what’s going on in and around the car, you’re better off than talking to someone over the phone who can’t see what’s happening. Why? Research shows that passengers will instinctively stop talking or adjust accordingly to the changing driving conditions. Still, talking to a passenger is more dangerous than not talking at all.
3. B: This requires some math, so stick with us here. You cover about 80.7 feet per second while driving 55 mph. Studies have shown that the average amount of time a person spends checking a text message is 4.6 seconds. When you multiply the two, you get 371.2 feet traveled in the time it takes to check a text. The average football field (including both end zones) is 360 feet.
4. D: This unfortunate number comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sadly, that comes to more than 3,285 people every year.
5. B: 20% of teens said they frequently participate in extended, multi-text conversations while driving, and nearly a quarter of the respondents said they respond to a text message once or more every time they drive.
6. B: While teen drivers are the largest victim group of distracted driving fatalities, drivers in their 20’s still make up a big amount of those who die while distracted behind the wheel.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018