Wednesday, September 30, 2020

After a night out of drinking with friends at a bar or club, there are two options people face: driving under the influence or call an Uber or Lyft instead. Drivers who choose the first option and try to drive home after drinking risk seriously injuring others as well as receiving a DUI. The cost could come out to thousands of dollars in fines, legal fees, higher insurance premiums, possibly losing your employment/ education opportunities, your reputation in the community, and your relationships with your loved ones. Choosing the other second option by calling an Uber or Lyft instead costs on average around $15. When comparing those costs, the decision should be an easy one to make.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 78% of people agree that their friends are less likely to drive drunk with options like Uber. They also reported a 7% decrease, roughly of drunk driving in cities with rideshare options.

The price for getting into the backseat of a rideshare or taxi beats the price of getting put in the backseat of a police car for a DUI. Just remember, get a ride and never drink and drive.


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly half (46%) of car seats are misused. Therefore, NHTSA and other agencies across the country are promoting Child Passenger Safety Week from September 20, 2020 through September 26, 2020. This campaign helps parents and caregivers make sure their children are properly secured while riding in a vehicle.

According to NHTSA, every 32 seconds in 2018, one child under the age of 13 in a passenger vehicle was involved in a crash. In 2018, approximately one third (33%) of children under 13 killed in passenger vehicles were not restrained in car seats, booster seats, or seat belts. NHTSA’s website has a tool that helps parents find the right car seat for children. Just fill out the child’s age, height, and weight to find out which car seat type is the best that fit (NHTSA’s Car Seat Finder Tool Link).

The Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission (GNOEC) has two certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on hand that can provide free education on how to use car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. The Technicians can help educate parents about choosing the right car seat for a child, installing that seat correctly in their vehicle, and using that seat correctly every time. They can also discuss the importance of registering that car seat with its manufacturer, and what to expect if the seat is subject to a safety recall. If you are interested, please contact Causeway’s Dispatch at 504-835-3116 (or *27 on a cellular phone) to coordinate.


Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Most parents celebrate when it is time for children to go back to school. It means that the grocery bill decreases and a possibility for a little “me” time increases. Since the kid’s summer started in March as a result of the pandemic, this is especially true. Below please find tips from American Automobile Association (AAA) to help keep kids safe during this time of year:

Slow down – Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. A pedestrian child, struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph, is nearly two thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.

Come to a complete stop – Research shows that more than one third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.

Eliminate distractions – Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing. Children can be quick, crossing the road unexpectedly or emerging suddenly between two parked cars. Reduce risk by not driving distracted.

Reverse responsibly – Every vehicle has blind spots. Check for children on the sidewalk, in the driveway, and around your vehicle before slowly backing up. Teach your children to never play in, under, or around vehicles.

Watch for bicycles – Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady, and unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and a bicyclist. If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that he or she wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet on every ride.

Talk to your teen – Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and nearly one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Wednesday, September 02, 2020

One of the first rules we hear, when learning how to drive, is to always keep your eyes on the road. While technically that is true, drivers really should be constantly shifting your eyes back and forth from the windshield to the side mirrors (right and left), to the rearview mirror. Knowing what is going on beside and behind the vehicle is just as important as knowing what is happening up ahead. Using the side mirrors will allow the driver to:

  • Know if there are vehicles sitting in the blind spots.
  • Watch for emergency vehicles, which may require the driver to slow down and switch lanes to give them the space they need to pass.
  • Keep an eye out for aggressive drivers.

Drivers shift their eyes to help them judge exactly what is happening on the road ahead of or beside the vehicle. Good drivers constantly scan their surroundings.