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.


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).


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.


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.


Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol is a serious crime. Any amount of alcohol in your bloodstream can impact your driving ability. Safe driving requires the ability to concentrate, make good judgments, and quickly react to situations. However, alcohol affects these skills, putting yourself and others in danger. Here are several ways alcohol impairs your driving skills:

Slow reaction time – When alcohol is in your system, it affects how quickly you’re able to respond to different situations. Drinking slows your response time, which can increase the likelihood of an accident.

Lack of coordination – Heavy drinking affects your motor skills such as eye, hand, and foot coordination. Without crucial coordination skills, you may be unable to avoid an impending harmful situation.

Reduce concentration – Alcohol, no matter how much or how little, can influence your concentration. With driving, there are many things that require your undivided concentration such as staying in your lane, your speed, other cars on the road, and traffic signals.

Decrease vision – Alcohol can affect how you judge the distance between your car and other vehicles on the road. Additionally, fewer objects may be visible within your peripheral vision, or what you can see to either side of you when looking straight ahead.

Inhibit judgment – Your brain controls how you judge certain circumstances. When operating a motorized vehicle, your judgment skills play an important role in how you make decisions while driving.

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