Like many Californians, you may drive your automobile everywhere, trusting that your tires will always give you enough traction to keep you heading in the right direction and under control. Under ideal conditions, as long as your car is maintained mechanically and your tires are also well maintained, you are most likely to get where you are going without mishap. However, stormy or snowy weather, poorly maintained roads and road debris are all part of the California driving experience; so we must plan ahead and make sure our car tires can handle challenging conditions as well as smooth easy dry roads. Fall is here. And Winter is coming.
What is up with San Francisco motorists? In one August weekend, five separate motor vehicle accidents claimed five lives in San Francisco.
It is sad for me to report that early Sunday morning August 15th, The Contra Costa County Coroner's Office identified Mehrdad Emami, 46, of San Ramon as a victim killed in a multi-car fiery accident near the Crow Canyon exit in San Ramon. A 40-year-old woman from San Ramon, driver of the Emami car, has also been hospitalized with major injuries.
A college student from Texas believes he is lucky to be alive after a terrible crash. He was texting and driving when his truck flew off of a cliff. This type of story is happening so frequently these days, which is why I blog about it. Just before Chance Bothe's truck plunged off of a bridge and into a ravine, he typed a text into his phone.
Summer is here and with it comes warm summer days, a new free-spirited attitude and, of course, driving vacations. Even if simply driving around town, the happiness of summer has a tendency to cause more distractions than normal.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced new guidelines designed to limit the risk of distracted driving by preventing the operation of infotainment systems while cars are moving. Specifically, drivers would be unable to access email, browse the internet, enter an address into a navigation system, enter a phone number or see more than 30 characters of an incoming message unless the car is stopped and out of gear.
Distracted driving is one of my main topics lately on this blog for a reason. Distracted driving is the cause of many automobile collisions, including fatal collisions. In a recent post last month, I was happy to learn that due to concerns about distracted driving the NTSB recommends a ban on personal devices. The NTSB has a focus on safety and that focus does not seem to be watered down by politics or inconvenience to cell phone users. Should all cell phone use be banned, even hands free cell phone use? This is an interesting debate and I would appreciate my readers adding their views.
Police are still looking for a white van that was involved in a hit-and-run with a school bus in San Francisco yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, January 18th at around 2:50 p.m. near Harrison and Cesar Chavez streets. If you have information regarding this hit-and-run please immediately contact the San Francisco Police Department.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommends a ban on all personal electronic devices while driving. Despite the new fines imposed in California for texting-while-driving from a cell phone while driving an automobile, I still hear about fatal accidents and serious personal injuries which result from this most obvious form of distracted driving.
Distracted driving statistics continue to rise, as I've discussed before. The accident rate is, in fact, surpassing the drunk driving rate, recent studies have shown. Texting while driving is, in my opinion, the most insidious forms of distracted driving.