WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 10/20/21

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Can’t help but use your rear-view mirror or visor mirror as a mini vanity in the morning or on the way to a date? If you’re applying mascara or shaving behind the wheel, you could be jeopardizing your life and the safety of others.

According to Distraction.gov, the U.S. Government’s website dedicated solely to distracted driving (in addition to texting or talking, putting on make up and getting ready while driving is considered distracted driving), more than 3,100 people were killed in 2019 as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver. While that number might not seem high, an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. The government doesn’t track deaths and injuries related only to beautification, but experts say it’s a definite no-no.

An alert driver needs 1.5 seconds to react to something that happens on the roads. So if you’re cruising along the Causeway driving 65 mph, you’ll travel 153 feet (half a football field) while reacting to a stopped car, a car that merges, or changes lanes suddenly, etc.

Putting on make-up while driving, along with any other distracting activities, doubles the reaction time a driver needs to be put their foot on the brake. Taking 3 seconds to react to something in the road, road condition, or fellow drivers, a driver going 65 mph will travel 286 feet between the time they spot an obstacle and put their foot on the brake.

Think of your friends, family, and other commuters and beautify before you drive.


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 10/06/21

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Something most people don’t realize is that police units’ radar can detect your speed before you see them. Most radars can even clock the speed of a vehicle as it comes up behind them.

Two types of radar are typically used by police officers — stationary and moving. Stationary radar must be used from a static site. It’s hand-held and looks like an oversized pistol. Moving radar allows patrolling units to clock vehicles while driving. It can clock vehicles as they approach and drive away from patrolling units.

Speeding not only refers to driving over the posted speed limit. Speeding can also include other behavior such as driving too fast for road conditions like rain or ice or driving carelessly through construction zones. The most common dangers caused by speeding include but are not limited to the following:

  • Increased occurrence of rollover accidents
  • Increased potential for loss of control as a driver
  • Higher severity of crash if an accident does occur
  • Increasing the amount of distance needed to safely stop a vehicle
  • Reduced reaction time

Please plan your trips to keep yourself and your fellow commuters safe.