What’s Up Wednesday: 02/06/19

As of January 31st, there have been 7 crashes on the Causeway Bridge.

Hands-free does not mean risk-free. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), approximately 100 people die every day in car crashes. Nationwide, in 2018, thousands of fatalities involved cell phones. That statistic includes hands-free devices. At any moment 7% of drivers are using cell phones.

The brain is able to quickly multitask but can’t do two things at one time. The part of our brain that processes moving images decreases by up to 1/3 when listening to a phone call. Also, drivers can miss up to 50% of what’s around them when talking on a cell phone. The NSC states new studies are showing voice to text is more distracting than typing texts by hand.

Please keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and your mind on driving.