Presentation on theme: "Distracted and Driving"— Presentation transcript:
1Distracted and Driving are You?Roadways are unpredictable and safe driving requires your full attention.While you may be concentrating on what is going on around you, many of the drivers on the road with you are not.10% - on cell phone6% - are texting% of auto collisions involved a cell phone
2What is Distracted Driving? Distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of an accident.There are three main types of distraction:Visual — taking your eyes off the roadManual — taking your hands off the wheelCognitive — taking your mind off what you’re doingDistracted driving is what is means, but are you aware of the types of distracted driving?While all distractions can endanger drivers’ safety, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distraction.Copyright Retail Association Services, Inc.
3Distracting Activities Eating and drinkingTalking to passengersPutting on makeupUsing a cell phoneReading, including a navigation systemWatching a videoChanging the radio station, CD, or Mp3 player.Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)Accidents from this type of driving cause time loss of employees, increased insurance rates, as well as a vehicle being out of commission for a while.Copyright Retail Association Services, Inc.
4Washington State law on cell phone use while driving The Washington State Patrol announced that hand held cell phone use while driving and failure to use a hands-free device became a primary traffic offense on July 1, The fine for the violation is $ RCWIs it legal to use a navigation program on an cell phone?A: It is as long as it's permanently affixed to their vehicle. If the phone is in a driver's hand while the GPS is being used – the likely scenario for most people – it's against the law, troopers say.People will likely argue what "permanently affixed" means. Bottom line, troopers don't want drivers to be looking at GPS devices in their hand while driving.So a Smart Phone with all the distractions: texting, calling, gps, internet accessOur company policy for driving and using a cell phone while performing company business is in line with the state rule that was enacted in 2008, which is no handheld use of a cell phone while driving.Cell ban enacted 2008Texting ban enacted 2010Copyright Retail Association Services, Inc.
5Washington State law on texting while drivingThe Washington State Patrol announced that texting while driving and failure to use a hands-free device became a primary traffic offense on June 10, The fine for the violation is $124.RCWDoes using a GPS device violate the texting while driving law?A: RCW states drivers can use a GPS or navigation device if it's "permanently affixed to the vehicle.“ That means if the GPS device is not affixed to the vehicle, driver's can get a $124 ticket.Our company policy for driving while using a cell phone while performing company business is in line with the state rule that was enacted in 2008, which is no handheld use of a cell phone while driving.Cell ban enacted 2008Texting ban enacted 2010Copyright Retail Association Services, Inc.
6Cell Phones - Alternatives and Exceptions Hands Free AlternativesBluetoothVoice-activated and speed dialingPush-to-Talk devices (radio)Voice mail and Caller ID answer caller until getting to safe destinationExceptions:Emergencies – calling law enforcement for assistanceReporting road hazards to the authoritiesNotifying the authorities of erratic driver - 911Before using for emergency, determine if the call can be made safely.Hands free alternatives are better than texting, but are still distracting. Some newer vehicles have built in hands free via ‘bluetooth’. Be careful even when using those features.For this reason, hand held cell phone use or texting while driving must be avoided and is illegal in the State of Washington. It is important that you not take that text or call until you can do it safely and save it for the next exit, rest stop, parking lot.Copyright Retail Association Services, Inc.
7Videos 1. Understanding Cognitive Distraction 2. The Myth Behind Multitasking3. Conversation With Passengers4. Why Cell Phones are a Distraction5. When Tragedy Hits Home6. A Nurses PerspectiveVideos from RASI SAFETYTVSuggest videos 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 Expand to full screen and discuss between videos.7. The Last WordCopyright Retail Association Services, Inc.
8Examples of notices for employees You can copy and paste these for handouts or safety notices.They even make great paycheck stuffers!Copyright Retail Association Services, Inc.
9Puzzle page Criss-Cross Word Search Print out the puzzle for everyone to try.Answers are below….Cognitive – one of the three types of distractions is_______Text – the average _____message takes 4.6 seconds to do create.Hands Free – users still fail to see 50% of the information in the driving environment in this _________ mode.Emergencies – you may use your cell phone to report_______, just be safe about it.GPS - Another type of distraction is using _______ while driving.Bluetooth – Allows you to talk without taking your hands off the steering wheel.Visual – looking at the accident scene as you drive by it is a _______ distraction.Dynamic – Our roads are an ever changing and a ______ environment.Four - you are _____ times as likely to have a serious crash when using a hand held device.Word - don’t let a text message be your last _____ .Copyright Retail Association Services, Inc.
10Thank you for your time and if you have additional questions please contact Rick Means at Retail Association Services; ext18Any questions? Thank you for coming today!Additional information:Copyright Retail Association Services, Inc.
11Print out one for each attendee. Copyright Retail Association Services, Inc.