Distracted driving and cell phones
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How often do you check your phone when driving? Phones are designed to be addicting. In an interview on 60 Minutes, a former Google product manager said Silicon Valley is engineering your phone, apps and social media to get you hooked. Users feel the need to check it constantly. Some programmers call it “Brain Hacking”.
In a 2018 report by Common Sense Media, 47% of parents felt their children are addicted to their mobile devices, and 32% describes themselves as addicted too.
With people feeling the need to check their phone constantly even while driving, it causes them to be distracted, which increases the risk of accidents. This includes truck drivers. US DOT prohibits the use of hand-held phones while driving a commercial motor vehicle. To reduce risks, drivers can wear Bluetooth headsets. The best solution would be waiting to you are stopped or parked at a safe location to look at your phone.
Road to Zero is a collaboration focused on ending traffic fatalities—a leading cause of unintentional death—on our roadways within 30 years. The goal is safe mobility for all people, and members will work to develop priorities; take action individually and collaboratively; and encourage partners and stakeholders to take action to meet the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities by 2050.
It might seem like a lofty goal, but key stakeholders believe it is possible. “The aim of Road to Zero is to get to zero deaths by 2050,” says Debbie Hersman, the president and CEO of the National Safety Council, the lead on the Road to Zero initiative. “That’s the goal. We’ve done this with aviation—there have been several years with zero deaths in commercial aviation—and a lot of people thought that was impossible. We’re really focused on incorporating all of the initiatives that we’ve seen through Toward Zero Deaths, Vision Zero and a number of different groups to get to zero.”
Illinois Safety Consultants is pleased to join the Road to Zero Coalition working to make our roads safer.