WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 08/26/20

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Although everyone is aware of the dangers of driving while intoxicated, there are some drivers that don’t realize that the same applies to driving while under the influence of cannabis. Studies have shown that it can seriously alter a driver’s judgment, perception, ability to think clearly, and reaction time.

According to a 2018 report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 12 million Americans said they have driven under the influence of marijuana in the last 12 months. The CDC also found that driving while stoned increases the crash risk by 22%. A driver, under the influence of cannabis, is .65 times more likely to be culpable in a fatal accident.

Even though some people have a cavalier attitude of driving after grass, many studies have demonstrated that it can be just as bad as or worse than drinking and driving.

If you are on the Causeway Bridge and see another vehicle driving erratically, please call Causeway Dispatch at 504-835-3116 (or *CP).


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 08/12/20

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Selfies dominate our society and social media. It allows a person to show off their best side because they are often staged in phenomenal settings. There are some places that are more dangerous than others to snap a photo of yourself, like taking a selfie while driving.

According to (the Youth Association for Safety Awareness), it’s estimated that about 9% of car accidents happen while the driver is taking a selfie. Also, research by AT&T found that 17 percent of drivers have indeed been guilty of taking selfies while driving.

What’s scary is that this new activity is gaining more popularity as young drivers share photos of themselves while behind the wheel. The new trend is taking a selfie and posting it on social media sites under the tag #drivingselfie which basically encourages others to do the same. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) interviewed 500 drivers regarding their smartphone use while in their vehicles. Among those who were surveyed, nine percent did in fact admit to taking selfies last month while they were behind the wheel.

Taking a selfie is actually more dangerous than getting behind the wheel drunk and effects driving in the same manner. Please remember to drive safe because everything else can wait.


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 08/05/20

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Although we have smart cars, they do not actually have a brain. It would be wonderful if Herbie, Knight Rider, Transformer, or Lightning McQueen really existed? Since they are not real, the driver is the brain behind the machine.

Multitasking is a very valuable skill in everyday life. However, multitasking while driving can have disastrous results. Driving a car requires more work from the brain. It has different regions that are functioning to keep the person alert and responsive. Doing another activity while all of these are happening could result in overlapping of information sent from the brain to the body, which then results in confusion and incautiousness which is most commonly referred to as distracted driving.

According to the US Department of Transportation, 94% of fatal motor accidents are caused by driver error. 37% of these accidents involve drivers who were talking on a mobile phone. While multitasking can be practiced on other things that have no fatal consequences, it would be better to make driving an exception. Driving requires a brain’s full attention and alertness. So, please don’t multitask, just drive.