Is saving a few seconds of travel time worth the potentially deadly price of running a red light?
August 2-8th is National Stop on Red Week, which is a one week awareness campaign, sponsored by the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR). This week provides an important chance to promote intersection safety. NCSR is partnering with organizations and communities all over the U.S. to raise awareness about the hundreds of unnecessary deaths and injuries that are the result of red light running accidents each year. Some sobering facts about red light running include:
- Nationwide, more than 3.7 million drivers ran a red light in 2014
- In 2013, 697 people were killed and an estimated 127,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running
- Drivers most frequently run red lights in the afternoon, with 30% of all red light running violations in 2014 occurring between 1 pm – 5 pm
- Friday proved to be the worst day for intersection safety in 2014 – safety cameras caught 596,518 total red light running violations – while Sunday saw the fewest violations, with 473,695 total
- Memorial Day weekend was the highest ranked holiday travel period, with 37,800
- One in three Americans know someone who has been injured or killed as a result of somebody running a red light
- About half of the deaths in red light running crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in other vehicles that are hit by the red light runners
Intersection safety is an extremely important aspect of road safety in every community. Safety is the responsibility of every driver, every day. Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal is all about road safety and we are happy to spread NCSR’s message of “STOP on RED”! Really, is a few minutes’ worth the risk?
Are you tired? Did you realize that being tired on the roads can impact your driving ability? Sleep deprivation and fatigue make lapses of attention more likely to occur, and can play a major role in behavior that leads to crashes. Drowsy driviny is dangerous to you and others on the road. In fact, being awake for 18 hours is equal to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%, the equivalent to being legally drunk. Research has identified young males, shift workers, commercial drivers and people with untreated sleep disorders or with short-term or chronic sleep deprivation as being at the highest risk for a fall-asleep crash. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll, 60% of Americans have driven while feeling sleepy and 37% admit to actually having fallen asleep at the wheel in the past year. Are you at risk? Some simple suggestions before “hitting the road”:
- Get adequate sleep—most adults need 7-9 hours to maintain proper alertness during the day
- On long drives, schedule proper breaks—about every 100 miles or 2 hours during long trips
- Arrange for a travel buddy—someone to talk with and share the driving
- Avoid alcohol and sedating medications—check your labels or ask your doctor
Adopt-A-Highway helps keep America’s highways clean, please everybody promise to get some rest!
Distracted Driving is a term that is now used a lot! Why? Because it is deadly and because we are parents of teens! Distracted Driving is broader than just texting when driving, it is:
Any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
The reason text messaging gets so much attention is that it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention, making texting by far the most deadly distraction. Here are a few statistics that should scare all of us:
- An estimated 10% of drivers less than 20 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as “distracted” at the time of the accident.
- Drivers in their 20s are responsible for about 27% of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
- Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road when texting. If traveling at 55mph, that is driving 100 yards or the length of a football field with your eyes closed or blindfolded.
Currently, 46 states as well as D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers. Of the 4 states without an all driver texting ban, 2 prohibit text messaging by novice drivers and one restricts school bus drivers from texting. For information on your state’s distracted driving laws go to distraction.gov
At Adopt-A-Highway we are all about road safety! In our Blogs we hope to inform you on ways to stay safe behind the wheel and provide information that can be shared with your friends, kids and other family members to keep them safe as well. We hope that it is useful and that when you are out on the roadways you will support those that support us – our incredible Sponsor-A-Highway sponsors!
Old Time Fun
• See a movie at the drive-in
• Decorate with sidewalk chalk
• Play tag, hopscotch, or one of your favorite childhood games
• Slip N Slide
• Run through the sprinklers
• Catch fireflies at night
• Eat a lobster or crab with your hands
• Pick fruit at a local farm
• Roast marshmallows over a fire and make s’mores
• Make a lemonade stand with homemade lemonade
• Have a watermelon seed spitting contest
• Nap in a hammock
• Have a picnic in the park
• Watch the sunset at the beach
• Enjoy an outdoor concert
• Re-read your favorite book
• Pick wildflowers
• Swim in a lake
• Go for a bike ride
• Go camping & fishing
• Paddleboard in the bay
• Go kayaking or canoeing
• Pick up some litter
• Collect and recycle aluminum cans
• Collect seashells by the seashore
• Plan a road trip
• Get caught in a summer rainstorm
• Go to a baseball game
Or best idea yet – Adopt-A-Highway in your neighborhood!
Most of us have had a fender bender or bump in a parking lot sometime in our driving career.
Maybe it is because we are running errands that we have done so often we get a little relaxed in that Trader Joe’s parking lot. No matter the reason here are some simple steps to avoid those parking lot mishaps:
Check the other cars before getting in your vehicle – are there other people loading their items in the car, somebody getting in the car? If you survey your immediate area, you’ll be aware of where other cars may be pulling out.
Use the rear view mirror, camera and your eyes – don’t rely on just one method – to make sure there is no person or car in your way as you back up.
Keep your foot OFF the gas when backing out of a space – did you know cars in the aisle have the right of way? It is up to you to stop pulling out before a collision.
Be on the lookout for distracted pedestrians – people are often multi-tasking when in the parking lots – looking for keys, texting, corralling kids – they may not see you, so be sure you see them by being extra alert.
Move slowly – take the extra time to go slow in parking lots, it is a sure way to save on a new bumper.
If the worst happens and somebody is injured in an accident, call for medical attention. If you are involved in a minor mishap, pull into an empty parking spot, take pictures of the damage and exchange insurance information with the other driver. That is why we have insurance!
Just some helpful hints from your friends at Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America.
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So summer is finally here and if you are like most of us, you will be spending some time in your car with kids this summer. Here are some tips from real MOMs on what to have handy in your car to make the adventure more enjoyable.
- Doggy bags: “Yes, doggy bags. Throw a roll of these bags into your beach bag for wet bathing suits, dirty diapers, sunblock explosions, taking home seashells, and every other mess or blowout you can and can’t plan for. The bags are small but super handy.”
- Pre-packaged snacks: It’s summer, so while we are always proponents of healthy eating, a bag of goldfish every now and then won’t hurt them. Particularly in summer when kids are getting a healthy dose of exercise.
- Blankets/Towels/Pillows: Some comfort from home can make a long ride or long day so much better.
- Trash bag/container: Keeping a trash bag or container in the car cuts down on cleaning after a trip and helps reduce LITTER everywhere!
- Mesh laundry bag: Great for carrying items such as sand toys to and from the beach, and you won’t take half the sand home with you because it is mesh.
And, always have a First Aid Kit handy: A First Aid kit should include:
Triple Antibiotic Ointment
Count the Adopt-A-Highway signs along the road. Remember to support those that are supporting clean and safe roads along your way! Go and enjoy the adventure!