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New PA Initiative To Combat Distracted Driving

A Pennsylvania legislator is starting a new initiative to keep drivers safer this week called "STASH and Avoid a CRASH".  This iniative is meant to draw awareness and reduce incidences of distracted driving in PA.  STASH encourages drivers to put their cell phones in the glove compartments while they're driving, or use a GPS docking system on their dashboard to avoid handheld use while driving.  Although texting while driving is illegal in PA, distracted driving is still a huge problem across the state. 

AAA Report Targets Distracted Driving

Although all age groups are guilty of distracted driving, a new study by AAA notes that young millennials (ages 18-24) are engaging in many risky behaviors while driving.  Almost 90% of drivers in this age group reported eating, video chatting, texting, and other activities while driving that can be considered "distracted driving".  Although these risky behaviors did appear to decrease with age, all age groups were engaged in some degree of distracted/risky activities while driving.  According to one report, distracted driving was responsible for about 11% of wrecks in PA over the last five years. In 2015, that means that about 15,000 wrecks occurred due to distracted driving.  

Girl Livestreams On Facebook While Driving, Crashes Car

Unfortunately, our state just received another sobering reminder of what can happen if you engage in distracted driving.  According to news reports, a teenager was live-streaming herself on Facebook while driving. Right after she started streaming, she was hit by a tractor-trailer that killed both her and her passenger.  The video was taken off the victim's  Facebook page and will be used in the state police investigation. 

Drowsy Driving Is A Big Problem

Are you alert and awake while you drive? Being drowsy or falling asleep at the wheel is a huge problem for American drivers. Needless to say, this causes significant safety and health risks for you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road.  One website, DrowsyDriving.org, is completely devoted to raising awareness of driving while sleepy.  It is an off-shoot of the National Sleep Foundation.  

Texting Accident Kills Mother of Three Near Pittsburgh

Think that the consequences of texting and driving are not as bad as people say?  Well, just ask the children who lost their mother during a recent distracted driving incident near Pittsburgh.  According to a local news article, a teenager was texting and driving when he hit a pedestrian along the road and killed her.  The woman, who was a mother of three, died after spending two days in the hospital.  The driver, who stated that he thought he had hit a deer, continued driving and did not stop to help the victim.  He then stated that he had repaired the damage to the truck a few days later when he said that the truck caught fire, according to reports. According to the news article, "Investigators said they are still awaiting test results to rule out arson as the cause of the fire in order to cover up evidence in the hit and run.".  
Our condolences go out to the victim of this accident and her family as they grieve their loss.  We also remind everyone of the important of not texting and driving, as it can have serious, fatal, and life altering consequences.  
So you are aware, if you are involved in a car accident, Pennsylvania has a designated section on car incident reports to address to distracted driving violations. Fines and charges will most likely increase if you are cited with one of these violations! In addition to fines and charges for distracted driving, you also are putting yourself and others in serious danger. Don't be irresponsible! Think twice before texting, chatting, and eating while you drive! 
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Throwback Thursday: PA's Teen Drivers Are Safe!

It's Throwback Thursday here in our blog!  Take a minute to read one of our most highly viewed and shared blog posts from several years ago.  On happy note, it's celebrating how safe our state's teen drivers are! Read the original post below:
Teen drivers in Pennsylvania seem to be driving more safely in recent years, according to the Radnor Patch and AAA.com.  AAA, Mid-Atlantic region, recently reported that the driving deaths of early teenage drivers has decrease in Pennsylvania.  This is opposite of the national trend, which saw an increase of 19% in early teenage driving deaths.
Taking data from the first half of 2012, six teenage drivers between the ages of 16-17 died in automobile accidents.  This is a decrease of 4 from the same six months of 2011.  Nationally, the death toll in this age range between the first six months of 2011 to 2012 increased from 202 to 240.
Some AAA representatives feel that the decreased driving deaths for Pennsylvania teens is due to the recent legislation that tightened up teenage driving rules in PA.  It is also important to recognize the parent's role in keeping teenage drivers safe as well. Teaching teens proper road safety and etiquette is the first step to avoiding a potentially fatal accident.  
Others are concerned that the improving economy will lead more teens to travel longer distances in cars, either for work or pleasure, which could potentially lead to more automobile accidents.  Either way, at the moment, Pennsylvania teens are proving to the state that they can be safe and responsible on the road.
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Think About Designated Texting While Driving

Many American teens are working to find a safer alternative to remain connected while they drive.  According to an article by the Mankato Free Press (originally posted by the Washington Post), many teens are setting a designated passenger to text for them as they drive.  This is a smart move for a generation of Americans who have grown up immersed in a "plugged-in" and hypersocial culture.  For more from the original article, please click here

PA More Lenient With Cell Use Than Neighboring States

According to an area news report, the state of Pennsylvania is not as strict as its neighbors in regulating phone use while driving.  While PA only bans texting while driving, the neighboring states of New Jersey and New York ban all handheld cell phone use.  Considering that teenage drivers account for about 10% of all car accidents in the country, it appears that young drivers may be among the most at-risk groups.  For more information on the original article posted by the Governor's Highway Safety Administration, please click here.

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