What’s Up Wednesday: 03/27/19

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

There have been 33 DWI arrests on the Causeway Bridge so far this year.

Driving while exhausted has serious consequences. It can lead to car accidents and possibly harm, not just the driver, but anyone else in the vehicle. According to the National Sleep Association (NSA) sixty percent of adults in the U.S. have driven drowsy and around one-third of people have actually fallen asleep at the wheel.

Here are the red flags that indicate someone is too drowsy to drive:

  • Trouble focusing
  • Heavy eyelids
  • Inability to remember stretches of road
  • Yawning constantly
  • Bobbing of the head
  • Drifting from the lane

It is always best to get some rest at home before getting behind the wheel. If drowsiness starts to happen while driving, find a safe space to pull over to take a 20-minute nap, buy a cup of caffeinated coffee to help keep alert or switch drivers (if possible). Taking these simple precautions will help lower the risk of crashes.

What’s Up Wednesday: 03/20/19

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

There have been 15 crashes, 10 injuries and 496 responses this year.

Would anyone think it is a good idea to drive the Causeway Bridge blindfolded? Well that’s essentially what drivers are doing when texting while driving. According to a survey conducted by AT&T, 49 percent of drivers admitted they text while driving. In that same survey, more than 90 percent of drivers know texting while driving is dangerous. So why are drivers still doing it? Experts believe we compulsively check our phones because every time we get a message on our phone our brain sends out a signal that makes us feel happy. Drivers are saying they continue to do this because it’s a habit, like to stay connected and it makes them feel more productive. Here are some stats and tips on how we can end texting while driving:

  • More than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving (autosafety.com)
  • Cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year that cause a half million injuries and take 6,000 lives (United States Department of Transportation)
  • Truck drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident when texting behind the wheel
  • It’s estimated that 40 percent of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that puts people in danger (National Safety Council)
  • 48 percent of young drivers have seen their parents text while driving (Consumer Reports)
  • Using a cell phone while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent (National Safety Council)

Please help stop this deadly habit.

What’s Up Wednesday: 03/13/19

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

As of February 28, 2019, there have been 15 crashes and 10 injuries on the Causeway Bridge.

Each year, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with parades, funny leprechaun hats, and plenty o’ green beer. Unfortunately, it often ends with risky drunk drivers taking to the streets when the parties end. Drunk driving accounts for nearly one-third of vehicle-related fatalities in the United States. If you plan to go out and enjoy the evening with alcohol, make sure you get a designated driver. Below are some facts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) to make your St. Paddy’s Days fun and safe.

  • St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays on our nation’s roads. During the 2013-2017 St. Patrick’s Day holidays, 234 lives were lost due to drunk-driving crashes nationwide. In 2017, drunk driving killed more than 10,000 people in our country, and every single one of those deaths was preventable. Do your part this St. Patrick’s Day and arrange for a sober driver to ensure you get home safely.
  • In 2017 alone, 59 people (37% of all crash fatalities) were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period.
  • Between midnight and 5:59 a.m. March 18, 2017, three-fourths (75%) of crash fatalities involved a drunk driver.

Always remember to plan ahead. It is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you feel ok, designate a sober driver, use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.