Health & Safety

March 8, 2013

Distracted driving: texting can be deadly

army_mil-54673-2009-11-02-091140
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Distracted driving has become a major safety issue for drivers nationwide.

According to distraction.gov, a U.S. government website promoting safe driving, more than 3,000 people were killed in distraction-related crashes on U.S. roadways during 2012.

There are many causes of distracted driving, such as texting or talking on a cellphone, eating and drinking, chatting with passengers, grooming, reading, using navigation systems, watching videos and adjusting the radio to name a few.

Text messaging, however, is the most alarming distraction. It requires virtually all of a driver’s visual, manual and cognitive attention. In an effort to address the problem, the U.S. Department of Transportation has banned commercial drivers from using cellphones while driving, encouraged states to adopt tough laws and launched several campaigns to raise public awareness about the dangers of texting and driving.

Department of Defense and Air Force leaders have taken their own steps to reduce distracted driving accidents. DOD Instruction 6055.4, Traffic Safety Program, prohibits service members from engaging in text messaging while driving government-owned vehicles on or off military installations, and while driving any vehicle, regardless of duty status, with government-supplied electronic devices. It also discourages the use of hands-free devices, which inhibit safe driving.

Texting while walking can pose perilous hazards as well. Fortunately, many incidents end with only an embarrassing situation; bumping into a wall or minor falls are prime examples. Walking in front of a moving vehicle, though, could produce far worse results.

In Las Vegas the numbers are higher for both vehicle and pedestrian accidents during the warmer months because more people are out and about enjoying the sights and activities the local area has to offer. Although the number of fatalities are down by 10 percent during the last three years in Las Vegas, the number of vehicular and pedestrian related accidents that involve texting and driving or texting and walking are up by 10 percent.

Just this week, Assembly Bill 123: Texting while walking and crossing roadways, was proposed and sent to the state legislature for review and approval. If it passes, this Bill would make it illegal to text and walk anywhere within the state of Nevada. The Bill is aimed mainly at people who text while using crosswalks, due to the increased number of pedestrian vs. car mishaps that have increased over the last few years.

For safety’s sake, when driving be sure not to text at all. When walking, be sure not to text until you can stop and text in a safe place. Remember, always play it safe!




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Why do I care? I worked for years in Florida in Child Protective Services. I obtained my Master of Social Work in 1996, and I have been a licensed clinical social worker since 2001. I saw children with marks and bruises after they had been beaten with objects. I saw...
 
 

Many unregulated nutritional supplements could be harmful

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — With the summer season season fast approaching, many people are trying to get into shape. In addition to regular exercise, many Airmen take supplements to help speed up the process. However, there are no regulations determining what manufacturers can and cannot put into these supplements. Some of the many types...
 
 
doctor

Ask the Doc

Q.“How do I enroll in the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program? “ A.You may enroll: • By using the https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/bwe/indexAction.do • By downloading, printing and mailing the TRICARE Retiree Dental Pro...
 

 
doctor

Ask the Doc

Q.“I have TRICARE For Life; what are my costs?” A.Most of the time, you won’t have cost shares because both Medicare and TRICARE cover most services. You’ll pay out-of-pocket when only Medicare or only TRICARE p...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard

Training affiliation agreement ensures medical skills are maintained

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard U.S. Air Force surgeons assigned to the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center, Nellis Air Force Base discuss a patient’s medical records March 28 at University Medi...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Tam

Air Force Wounded Warriors Trials 2014 arrive at Nellis

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Tam Cody Caraker, adaptive sports camp participant, cycles through Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Area 2 during an Air Force Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports Camp Feb. 26. The 2014...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin