Distracted Driving: Day and Night

Distracted driving may get special attention during the month of April, but it is a year-round issue that needs constant attention until all of us turn our complete focus to the road.  As the use of cell phones has increased, law enforcement agencies and state governments have directed more attention toward preventing accidents through traffic enforcement regulations and organized task forces.

Take action

Despite the initiative to curb distracted driving, we understand that officers can’t be everywhere at once.  Your police force may have more personnel on the roads in order to combat distracted driving in support of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, but what about the other 11 months of the year?  That’s where Government App Solutions comes in.  Utilizing our customizable app for Texting and Driving, your local law enforcement agency can partner with your citizens to make city streets and highways safer.

What causes a driver to become distracted?

Cell phones are the number one issue when it comes to distracted driving.  However, they are not the only culprit.  Below is a list of common tasks officers observe today on our roads:

Grooming:  Applying makeup, brushing hair, shaving, flossing and brushing teeth, and even changing clothes have been witnessed.  Leave these tasks at home before you hit the road.  You’re not saving yourself anytime once you rear-end the car in front of you.  Additionally, the lawsuit against you will take away the precious time you think you need.

Adjusting the controls:  Changing radio stations, finding your favorite song, or looking down to adjust the vehicle’s controls all take your focus off of the road.  Before you begin traveling, prepare yourself and your car as much as possible.  Adjust your mirrors and seat, find your radio station, and set your temperature controls.  Become familiar with these controls so that you aren’t distracted in a few miles.

Eating:  Snacking and eating takes your hand, or hands, away from the wheel.  The food is a distraction in itself.  But, with one less hand on the wheel, you’ll have a harder time making fast decisions and corrections to your driving and to other drivers around you.

Government App Solutions has built a solution that helps law enforcement crack down on distracted drivers.  It was created to provide a consistent stream of revenue to the city adopting the technology while reducing the cost of implementation.  Safety checks and undercover operations take time and money to execute.  The apps developed by Government App Solutions allow city officials to prioritize their needs and work with the community to build safer roads.

Are distractions worse at night?

Adding to the list of distracted driving incidents during the day is the difficulty associated with driving at night.  Bright car lights shining in your eyes from behind and ahead of you can impede your vision.  Drowsiness from a long day of work or an early morning will keep you less focused on the road than you should be.  Even the evening rush hour can contribute to accidents since people are leaving work and are still thinking over the events of the day and not on the road before them.

The best way to stay safe during the day and night is to:

  • Be well-rested
  • Be in a mindset for driving
  • Adjust your mirrors and seat
  • Stow away tempting distractions
  • Put down your cell phone

When you are able to give the road your complete attention, you’ll be prepared to avoid intoxicated drivers and other distracted drivers on the road.  As April and Distracted Driving Awareness Month come to a close, realize you should be driving without distractions all year, day and night.  You’ll avoid preventable accidents that can lead to injuries or even death.

Check out our solutions at https://govappsolutions.com if you’re ready to learn more.  We are driving the 3.0 city initiative that unites citizens and law enforcement to create safe streets and, in turn reduce the risk of distracted driving incidents.

 

 

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is known to bring spring showers, but did you know it can also bring you a ticket?  This month, law enforcement agencies across the nation are reminding drivers about the hazards and risks associated with distracted driving.  While many may assume distracted driving refers to cell phone usage, it is important to note that it is much more.

Types of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is operating a vehicle while performing any type of activity that takes your concentration away from the road.  A person is driving unfocused while applying make-up, eating, changing the radio station or music, fiddling with a GPS, talking to other passengers, and of course, texting or phoning friends.

The worst culprit of any of the above activities is texting.  According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, at 55 mph during the average 5 seconds that a driver’s attention is diverted to their phone, their car has traveled the entire length of a football field.[1]  Within that distance, drivers lose focus on the ‘Big Picture’ around them on the road.  NHTSA has a long history in researching driving behavior and is tasked by the Department of Transportation to supply Americans with annual statistics which are used to improve the safety of our roadways.

It is because of these statistics that Government App Solutions was founded.  Rather than be another statistic adding to the list of injuries caused by distracted drivers, our team decided to unite and make the streets a safer place.  Our innovative solution gives law enforcement the tools and resources to effectively manage and crack down on distracted drivers who are texting while driving.  Cities have a variety of options available to them through our solution that will be tailored to their specific needs.

 

Bringing Awareness to Drivers

Many law enforcement agencies have created programs this month to impress upon drivers the importance of safety on our roads.  For instance, State Troopers in Maryland are implementing awareness by cracking down on distracted drivers.  Last year alone the over 17,000 tickets or citations were issued to drivers who were observed as being distracted while driving.[2]

In other parts of the country, local and state police are using unmarked cars to observe drivers on the roads and highways.  Once a driver is seen operating their vehicle while distracted, they communicate with their colleagues on the road who will issue a citation or ticket.

The overall goal of this program isn’t to bring in revenue; it is to stress the importance of safe driving.  According to the NHTSA, in 2016 3,450 deaths were due to someone driving distracted.

 

What Can You Do?

So how can you help state agencies and your fellow drivers and pedestrians?  If you are driving, put down your phone.  Any message can wait until you can safely pull over.  Keep your eyes on the road to watch out for others who are distracted so you can avoid a potential accident.  As a passenger in a vehicle, make sure your driver is paying attention.  Don’t be shy to call them out if they are practicing unsafe driving methods.  Your life is in their hands, after all.

Talk with your city leaders about Government App Solutions.  The innovative technology from Government App Solutions allows users to correspond with their local officials in order to notify them of distracted drivers, impediments on the road, and a multitude of other solutions that benefit the community’s safety.  Learn more about how to get involved by visiting our Government App Solutions site.

The bottom line is safety.  Drive safe.  Don’t get distracted.  Everything else can wait.  Your goal while driving is to get from point A to point B as safely as possible.  If everyone on the roadways kept their eyes on the road, less deaths and accidents would occur and our police officers could adjust their focus to other ways in keeping us safe and protected.

 

 

 

 

 

[1] National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Pub. N/A.  Web. Accessed April 2018.  https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving.

[2] CBS Local, Baltimore. “Distracted Driving Awareness Month.” Pub April, 9, 2018.  Web.  Access April 13, 2018.  http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2018/04/09/distracted-driving-awareness-month/.