WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 03/18/20

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

As young children, one of the first lessons learned is sharing is caring. Although sharing can be a challenge at that stage of life, the skill can be developed. By continuing to practice, sharing can also be carried into adulthood.

As Coronavirus (Covid-19) spreads around the world, it’s easy to get swept up in a sense of fear. However, now is the perfect time to exercise empathy and help others, especially those who are vulnerable due to risk factors such as age (over 65) and underlying health conditions. If everyone checks on elderly neighbors/loved ones, does not hoard supplies and buys gift cards to local businesses, a positive impact can be made on our community while sticking with the social distancing requirements.

Also, do not forget about donating blood to help combat shortages. The health care workers are warning that blood is already reaching critically low levels due to blood drive cancelations and fear of catching the virus.

When we share something with someone else it is equal to caring for them. If everyone does their party, our community, America, and the world will be safer and kinder places.


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 03/11/20

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Eating while driving is one of the most common forms of distracted driving. Along with other distracted driving behaviors, the act of eating snacks or drinking beverages while behind the wheel presents serious safety risks on U.S. highways.

There are three common types of distractions that impair drivers’ abilities to safely operate their vehicles and avoid crashes:

  1. Visual distractions occur when a driver’s eyes are diverted away from the road to complete or pay attention to another task.
  2. Manual distractions require drivers to take their hands off of the wheel.
  3. Cognitive distractions take a driver’s mind and focus away from driving.

Each of these distractions are dangerous, but when combined they pose an even greater risk to driver, passenger and pedestrian safety. Eating and driving often incorporates a combination of one or more distractions. Drivers must unwrap food packaging, use napkins, hold the food with at least one hand, apply condiments and complete other activities while operating a vehicle. This makes eating while driving a particularly dangerous activity.

The only way to avoid distracted driving is to pay attention while on the road. Drivers are advised to eat at home or wait until they get to their destination. Always remember, that your safety comes first.


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 03/04/20

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Children’s book author Theodore Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, would have turned 116 years old on Monday. Though he passed away in 1991, his legacy endures thanks to the inspirational quotes found in his literary classics such as “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Everyone is familiar with his classic book Green Eggs and Ham. Since publication in 1960, it has sold more than 200 million copies, making it the most popular of Seuss’s works and one of the best-selling children’s books in history.

When distracted driving is mentioned, most of us have a tendency to think of cellphones and texting. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as any activity that could divert attention from the primary task of driving. Besides using electronic gadgets, distractions can also include adjusting a radio, eating and drinking, reading, grooming, and interacting with passengers. All of these distractions can be deadly.

Dr. Seuss once stated “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” That quote applies to distracted driving. Things will not get better unless we all care enough to end this dangerous activity.


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 02/26/20

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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 behind the wheel, you could be jeopardizing your health, safety, and others too.

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 while driving is considered distracted driving), more than 3,000 people were killed in 2018 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.

An alert driver needs 1.5 seconds to react to changed conditions. So, if you’re cruising along the highway driving 60mph, you’ll travel 132 feet before reacting to another car, debris, or other changes ahead.

Please keep your eyes on the road while driving. If you are on the Causeway Bridge and see another distracted driver, please call Causeway Dispatch at 504-835-3116 (or *CP).


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 02/19/20

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

For those old enough to remember, Goober Pyle is a fictional character in the American TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show and its sequel series Mayberry RFD. You might also know the word Goober as the chocolate covered peanuts that are a favorite snack in Movie Theaters. Although the term Goober is used for a kindhearted and rather oblivious goofball, when it comes to driving it can be dangerous.

Mardi Gras season brings great joy and revelry to the New Orleans area. However, feelings of excitement and good cheer can turn sour if locals and visitors choose to consume alcohol or other controlled substances and decide to get behind the wheel.

The best way to enjoy Mardi Gras is to do so responsibly and ensure that you do not mix drinking and driving as part of your festive experience. However, should anyone find themselves in that predicament, take prompt action before getting behind the wheel by calling Uber (or another ride-sharing service).


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 02/12/20

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

According to the Mars Inc., 94% of consumers would prefer receiving chocolate rather than flowers for Valentine’s Day. They rank heart-shaped boxes of chocolate as the best edible Valentine’s Day gift. Although that is true, arriving alive is the greatest gift to give a loved one. If you are planning a night out with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, here are some tips to help everyone arrive safely for their special night out.

  • Take care of any possible driving distractions before getting behind the wheel. As a general rule, if a driver cannot devote their full attention because of an activity, it’s considered a distraction.
  • Put aside all electronic distractions. Don’t call, send text messages, emails, or use the internet while driving.
  • Finish dressing and personal grooming at home for your night out before getting on the road.

Remember, even though chocolates are preferred on February 14th, the best gift to give a loved one is not driving distracted. We wish all our commuters a happy and safe Valentine’s Day!


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 02/05/20

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Dogs don’t care about our weight, wrinkles, social status or our past mistakes. They just wag their tails and welcome us home. As any dog owner knows, to be greeted with such an enthusiastic display of affection makes a bad day tolerable and a good day even better.

Dogs see the best in us even on our worse days. If everyone drove like the people our dogs believe us to be, we would have fewer accidents and road rage incidents.

We should all strive to be as good human beings behind the wheel as our dogs think we are. As author Mary Ann Evans, better known by her pen name George Eliot says, “We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.”