Why People Text And Drive Even When They Know It’s Dangerous

75% of drivers surveyed admit to texting while driving

“There’s a huge discrepancy between attitude and behavior,” says David Greenfield, a University of Connecticut Medical School professor who led the study. “There’s that schism between what we believe and then what we do.”

The lure of text messages is actually a lot like the appeal of slot machines, Greenfield explains: both can be difficult compulsions to overcome for some people. The buzz of an incoming text message causes the release of dopamine in the brain, which generates excitement, Greenfield says. If the message turns out to be from someone appealing, even more dopamine is released.

Curbing this compulsion could take years for the text-obsessed, and doing so might resemble efforts to stop drunk driving, Greenfield says. People need to realize they’re part of the problem before they change their behavior, he adds.

“In order to really include oneself in a group that has a problem with texting and driving, they have to admit their own fallibility, and we’re loath to do that,” Greenfield said.

Multiple public awareness campaigns have taken to the airwaves and internet to target the practice, but it’s unclear how effective they are, given that the public seems to be largely aware of the issue. There might be more actionable solutions in the very near future.

 

Read more…http://time.com/3561413/texting-driving-dangerous/

New sentencing guidelines proposed for corporate manslaughter, health and safety and food safety offences.

13th November 2014

BLOG_FI-535x195-535x195Proposed sentencing guidelines have been published today which will assist sentencers dealing with corporate manslaughter, health and safety and food safety and hygiene offences.

The draft guidelines, now subject to public consultation, cover offences that embrace a wide range of circumstances. The type of offenders that may commit these offences varies greatly and, with the exception of corporate manslaughter, there is a broad spectrum of seriousness encompassed within each offence.

Offenders that are organisations in these cases may range from a small family business to a multinational company, from statutory bodies to charities. An individual may commit a health and safety or food offence in their capacity as a Director of a company or an employee; or they may be an individual putting others at risk.

The guidelines are being introduced due to a lack of comprehensive guidance for sentencers in relation to these offences. While there is a guideline covering corporate manslaughter and fatal health and safety offences, there is no specific guidance on sentencing food safety offences or non-fatal health and safety offences. Furthermore, existing guidance only covers offences committed by organisations rather than individuals. This marks the first time that guidelines will cover all the most commonly sentenced health and safety offences and food safety offences

 

Read full …http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk/media/1128.htm

Complacency at the wheel is a killer

Most of us don’t consciously engage when we get behind the wheel now.

ge5438546827464794003Be honest, when was the last time you paused for a second before you turned the key and considered the importance of what you’re about to do? You’re at the helm of a potentially deadly weapon! But no we’re so preoccupied with the next item on the agenda in our busy lives and cars have become so much safer and user-friendly that we just hit the gas and go.

This hit home during a recent drive in the Jaguar F-Type R coupe.

Getting the opportunity to sample a car like this is, for me, the stuff of which dreams are made. But I was also acutely aware of the cars $240K-plus price tag so I found myself regularly checking the mirrors, watching the speedo and looking over my shoulder before I changed lanes.

It was the kind of alertness that I felt had been missing in my daily drives.

Ian Luff, the Principal of Drive to Survive, reckons many of us zone out as we travel along.

“It’s like they select D for Dream instead of Decisive or Deliberate” he quips.

“We’re so time poor that drive time has become think time. It’s not the place to solve a dispute at home or a crisis at work.

“The real worry is tunnel vision, which can set in during these moments. Their mind wanders on to something else, instead of focusing on the road and making good choices — that’s when peripheral vision blurs. Crashes happen so easily without that level of awareness of your surroundings,” he told me.

Complacency on our roads might be a hard thing to quantify but it is clearly a factor when you look at some of the data gathered by the Victorian Government-owned Transport Accident Commission (TAC). In a survey of the 1000 licence holders aged 18 to 60, 82 per cent considered driving while using a hand-held mobile phone to be dangerous. No surprise there. Then 63 per cent admitted to using a mobile phone, at the wheel, within the previous month!

More than one in ten said they would read a text while driving!

“Either turn your phone off, keep it out of reach or use a smartphone app like Road Mode to silence your incoming calls and messages and let the caller know you’re driving and can’t answer” says TAC CEO, Janet Dore.

“Using a mobile phone while driving increases your risk of being in a crash by up to four times,” the TAC boss claims.

The phone itself might be the physical distraction but the fact we’re complacent enough to even consider using it when we drive is seriously concerning. How do we change this mindset?

Confronting campaigns like those made by organisations such as the TAC will help. So will aspects of Luff’s driver training, but I believe we need to get back to the fundamentals.

Driving is be one of the most enjoyable parts of my day. On the odd occasions that I ride a motorbike it’s just as pleasurable, although I spend those trips with a heightened sense of awareness… Contemplating what the car beside me is about to do, or perhaps, whether I’m in the blind spot of the truck up ahead…

And that’s the state of mind we need to adopt every time we set off on a journey even if it is only just around the corner.

Stop. Park the clutter in your mind. Think of your passengers. Think of other motorists and pedestrians…

Driving or riding is something that requires your full attention for the entire journey. It’s complex and at times challenging. The same approach I took when driving that expensive Jag should be no different if I get behind the wheel of an old $3K Corolla.

Courtesy : Greg Rust is a freelance sports presenter and commentator with Network Ten.

 

Read more…http://www.motoring.com.au/news/2014/comment-complacency-is-a-killer-47258

UKGRS Global Rollouts go from strength to strength

Ongoing successful global implementations of online driver assessment and training.

In recent months 6 Global organisations have implemented online driver assessments and training for their affiliates in 26 countries rolling out programmes with UKGRS to around 3,500 drivers.

Organisations implementing this programme come from a diverse range of market sectors including, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, IT, Construction & Engineering, Marine Engineering, Service sector.

The online programmes from the modular suite recently implemented range from basic risk assessment, risk assessment with auto assigned training modules targeting individual needs, individual motorcycle modules, policy testing, ECO driving modules.

UK Global Road Safety: Online Driver Assessment & Training  recent global rollouts.

UK Global Road Safety: Online Driver Assessment & Training recent global rollouts.

 

Abu Dhabi, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, Vietnam.

For further information relating to how this programme can help benefit your drivers either on a UK domestic, European or Global basis please contact our office.

These programmes are available on all major platforms, Windows, PC, MAC and iPad,

Tel: +44 (0) 1452 346283 or +34 952 498 204 (International) Email: info@ukgrs.com

For information relating to global online driver assessment and training programmes visit: www.uk-global-roadsafety.com

 

 

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Driver in Belgium survives the most deadly of crashes

An example of the importance for forward planning and observations in order toavoid late hurried decsions.

Earlier preparation for exiting the main carriageway by moving over sooner to the nearside lane is essential to your own and the safety of other road users.

 

Pedestrian Safety and Teens

According to a new Safe Kids research report, half of teens surveyed say they cross the street while distracted by a mobile device. Teens who had been hit or nearly hit more frequently reported crossing in the middle of a block or running across the street. The research includes an examination of fatality data that shows 75 percent of teen pedestrian deaths occur between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., when it’s dark out.

Read More…http://www.safekids.org/infographic/pedestrian-safety-and-teens

 

New (UK)THINK! campaign highlights dangers of country roads

60% of all fatalities occur on country roads. These roads often have sharp bends, blind bends and unexpected hazards so brake before the bend to give yourself time to react and stay in control.

  • 60% of all fatalities occur on country roads
  • Three people die each day on average on country roads
  • The number of people killed on country roads is nearly 11 times higher than on motorways
  • In 2013, there were 1,070 fatalities and 9,104 serious injuries on country roads

 

Read more…http://think.direct.gov.uk/country-roads.html

From 1 October Victoria (Australia) will have new alcohol interlock laws.

From 1 October Victoria will have new alcohol interlock laws. Anyone whose licence is cancelled for drink-driving will have to fit an alcohol interlock into any vehicle they drive (home car, work car, motorbike) once they are relicensed (with an Interlock condition) after their disqualification ends. The interlock will be installed for a minimum of six months.

Alcohol interlocks stop vehicles from being started if the driver has been drinking. This technology helps people separate drinking from driving.

Alcohol interlocks capable of taking photographs will become mandatory for all drink-drivers whose licences are cancelled. This will help identify who has provided the breath sample each time there is an attempt to start the vehicle; random tests while driving are also required.

Read more… http://www.roadsafety.vic.gov.au/contacts/partners/news/170-alcohol-interlocks.html

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Police Release fatal collision video: David’s story: Road safety campaign

Norfolk and Suffolk Police Constabularies have released footage from a motorcyclists head cam in a bid to “get motorcyclists and car drivers to think seriously about road safety”.

Hard-hitting footage of a fatal collision in Norfolk has been released by police in a bid to get motorcyclists and drivers to think seriously about road safety. Viewers are warned that this video contains content which some may find distressing, but it does not show any graphic images of the rider during or after the collision and they are given the option to refrain from viewing.

This post is not intended to point the finger of blame at either party, but rather highlight the vulnerability of two wheeled vehicles when involved in collisions. Defensive and less aggressive riding in this case would clearly have allowed time to react and avoid the conflict.

Introducing Hazard Perception 360° – Driver Assessment & Evaluation

Picture1Introducing the launch of Hazard Perception 360° (Risk Assessment), an interactive mobile driver risk assessment solution. The new release builds on proven, industry-standard Hazard Perception (Risk Assessment) Evaluation program.

Risk Assessment Evaluation is designed to identify high-risk drivers by assessing their risk awareness and reaction time across six core driving competencies. Based on each individual’s responses while undertaking the assessments, the program assigns targeted training modules to mitigate a driver’s assessed risk.

The advancements made with Hazard Perception 360° include:

  • A web-based, mobile application that does not require a company to download an app to launch the programme;
  • 45% larger clickable, interactive area; and
  • An enhanced driver scoring algorithm that more accurately pinpoints a driver’s deficiencies and risk rating.

Currently available in 31 countries and 36 languages the programme will be continually developed to encompass further areas.

www.uk-global-roadsafety.com

 

 

 

Hazard Perception 360° is run on dedicated platform for use on iPads, making this global leader in driver risk assessments and education even more accessible.

Currently available in 31 countries and 36 languages the programme will be continually developed to encompass further areas.

This means that your mobile work force have the convenience of undertaking their road safety e-learning programme whenever and wherever they wish.

For further information please contact us on +44 (0) 1452 346283 or info@ukgrs.com