Archive for the ‘Safety’ Category

New Delaware Law Prohibits Use of Cell Phones While Driving

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

On January 2nd 2011, Delaware’s law prohibiting the use of hand-held cell phones while driving took effect & local authorities say there won’t be a grace period when it comes to enforcement.

Drivers can still talk on the road, but they must use a hands-free device like a Bluetooth headset or speakerphone.  Drivers are also forbidden from performing other phone-related activities such as text messaging, checking email and browsing websites.

Breaking the new cell-phone law is considered a primary offense which means police officers who spot an offending driver can pull the person over for that violation alone.  The fine is $50 for the first offense and as much as $200 for a subsequent violation.

Delaware joins 8 other states and Washington, D.C. plus numerous cities, counties and towns, on the list of jurisdictions nationwide that have enacted similar bans.

Distracted Driving Is Dangerous Driving

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Think alcohol is the single biggest cause of traffic deaths?  Guess again.

Drinking and driving is a serious issue.  But we now face a 21st century phenomenon:  driving while distracted.  It’s so pervasive it has its own acronym, DWD.  There’s no doubt that DWD – texting and fiddling with electronics – is incredibly dangerous.

Safety experts are reporting traffic deaths related to DWD have surpassed those attributed to alcohol.  And DWD is now the # 1 traffic killer of teens.

Today’s drivers crave cars with in-vehicle technology.  We can integrate phones, music, navigation and videos into a dashboard touch-screen computer.  We can turn our car into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.  Some have even retrofitted their dashboards to install an iPad. 

When we stir in all this technology to feed our addiction to the Internet and social networking, we have the recipe for disaster.

Talk with your teens.  They are most likely to be distracted and they’re the most inexperienced drivers on the road.  The best way to change habits is through education.  The real power to curb DWD lies in you, the consumer.  So make sure everyone in your family adopts safe driving habits and understands just how dangerous DWD behaviors are.

In the long run, fewer crashes lower insurance costs.  But more important, reducing DWD accidents saves lives!