Please share this post across your social media streams to help spread awareness (just don’t do it while you’re driving). Talk to your teenagers before and during their driving days before they fly the nest. Help them create good habits that can save their lives and the lives of others. Don’t assume they will learn all they need to now from driver’s ed classes. Be aware, ride with them, coach them respectfully, point out hazards, blind spots, and teach them tactics you have learned during your days of driving. While our Rider’s Claw Smart Phone Motorcycle Mount provides you easy visibility to helpful apps while motorcycling, we urge you to drive responsibility. Pull over to take a call, make a text, or anything else that requires touching your mobile device. Arrive Alive and Raise Responsible Caring Drivers!
Crashes Involving Distracted Teenagers On the Rise
Not only have inattentive Pokémon GO players caused accidents with everything from motorcycles to police cars, it gets even more dangerous when teenagers get behind the wheel with their phones. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that 59% of teen crashes involve distractions behind the wheel, and highlights a disturbing trend showing that texting and social media use are on the rise amongst teen drivers.
In collaboration with researchers at the University of Iowa, as part of the most comprehensive eight-year research project ever conducted into crash videos of teen drivers, the AAA Foundation analyzed the moments leading up to a crash in more than 2,200 videos captured from in-car dash cameras:
– Talking or attending to other passengers in the vehicle: 15% of crashes
– Talking, texting or operating a cell phone: 12% of crashes
– Attending to or looking at something inside the vehicle: 11% of crashes
This supports findings by Pew Research Center, which shows text messaging has become a key component in day-to-day interactions among teenagers. Fifty-five percent of teens spend time every day texting, sending an estimated 80 text messages per day.
Research by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that texting creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. A recent AAA Foundation survey shows that nearly 50% of teen drivers admitted they had read a text message or email while driving in the past 30 days.
NHTSA’s National Occupant Protection Use Survey also shows that from 2007 to 2014, the percentage of young drivers seen visibly manipulating a hand-held device quadrupled.
Some states have laws against using a cell phone while driving for any reason, but most do not.
Of states, 39% ban cell phone use for under 18 and 46% ban texting while driving.
MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS PSA WARNS: ONE MISTAKE CAN HAUNT YOU FOREVER
“This has been a bad year for motorcycle crashes,” says Annette Torrez, chair of the New Mexico Motorcycle Rights Organization (NMMRO) and member of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) Board of Directors.
“Please take a moment to watch this PSA on motorcycle safety awareness…. ONE MISTAKE CAN HAUNT YOU FOREVER (www.youtube.com/watch?v= Edzg4XjDPZY).
Richard Sturgeon, a New Mexico Motorcycle Safety Advocate from Los Alamos National Lab, stars as the Dead Zombie biker in this powerful film produced by Sam Crooks of Sam’s Commercials to be presented at the Reel Deal movie theater in Los Alamos.
“I am hoping NM DOT will use this PSA,” Torrez said, adding that “we are also waiting to hear about the LOOK OUT FOR MOTORCYCLES signs to go up soon in high motorcycle crash locations in the Albuquerque area, all purchased with private donations.”
CREDIT: THE AIM/NCOM MOTORCYCLE E-NEWS SERVICE is brought to you by Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)