DriveMode App Discourages Distracted Driving
From texting-teens and distracted adult drivers behind the wheel, it’s no secret that texting-while-driving has become a dangerous and deadly epidemic on U.S. roadways. Earlier this month, we reported on the California Highway Patrol’s Anti-Distracted Driving Campaign geared toward adult drivers. AT&T has come up with a great solution to help drivers make the commitment to distraction-free driving with their “DriveMode” application.
How Does the DriveMode App Work?
The DriveMode app will activate once your car starts traveling at 25 miles per hour or greater. Anyone who tries to text or email will automatically receive a reply saying that you’re driving, and you will get back with them soon. All calls are also sent to voicemail while the app is activated. You do get to choose five numbers that can always be called though, and in the event of an emergency, dialing 911 is always allowed. You can also use one navigation app and one music app while the DriveMode App is activated. The sounds of texts and emails are also disabled, so you won’t be tempted to check your phone while you’re driving. Finally, the app turns off after your car stops going more than 25 miles per hour for five minutes.
Who Can Download the DriveMode App?
The DriveMode app can be downloaded from Google Play, AT&T AppCenter and Blackberry AppWorld. Currently, only users with AT&T Andriod phones and Blackberry users can download DriveMode. Unfortunately at this time, the DriveMode app is not available for iPhones and certain similar smart devices. AT&T is reportedly looking for opportunities to expand availability to more uses though.
What About Other Distracted Driving Behaviors?
Okay, so distracted driving isn’t just limited to the use of smart phones. Hopefully, if people are using the DriveMode app, they’re also more aware of other potentially distracting behaviors behind the wheel. Just about any task, not related to actively driving, that takes your visual, manual or cognitive attention away from the road is a type of distraction. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a distracted driver, contact the skilled legal team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free consultation today.
Semi Truck Crash on Highway 101
On Sunday afternoon, a big rig overturned on Highway 101 in Montecito. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the incident happened sometime before 2:00 p.m., just past the Hot Springs Road exit ramp. First responders from the Santa Barbara Fire Department were swiftly on the scene of the one-vehicle crash.
For currently unknown reasons, the large truck rolled over and came to rest on the driver’s side. At least one person was injured in the crash and swiftly transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. The cause of this crash is still under investigation with authorities. There was some speculation that the large truck, which was not hauling a trailer at the time, was front-heavy and potentially less stable than a longer rig.
Head-on Collision Involving Teen Driver
On Saturday evening, a head-on collision sent four people to the hospital in San Diego. According to ABC Channel 10 News, the incident happened at around 7:45 p.m. on Pomerado Road, near Scripps Ranch Boulevard. Apparently, a 16-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle after taking a curve too fast. He swerved into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle head on.
The teen driver and his two passengers were injured in the crash. At least one of the passengers was another teenager. A 15-year-old girl had her teeth knocked out. The driver in the other car suffered from a fractured hip and other serious injuries. Although 16-year-old drivers aren’t allowed to transport passengers, there’s no word on whether or not the young driver was cited.
On Tuesday evening, a multiple-vehicle accident in Martinez resulted in the death of a 66-year-old person. According to San Jose Mercury News, the collision was first reported at around 5:15 p.m. on I-680 near Arthur Road after a Honda Pilot side swiped an Acura, lost control, hit one more vehicle before rolling over and landing on its roof.
California Highway Patrol officers reported to the scene and have said that five people involved in the 3-vehicle accident all suffered injuries and the 66-year old driver of the Honda Pilot was pronounced dead at the scene. There is still no word on whether or not any alcohol was involved. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest condolences to the families and friends of the person who died in this crash.
CHP’s Age Well, Drive Smart Classes
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has just issued a press release about their Age Well, Drive Smart Classes to help seniors maintain their independence. These classes are specifically geared to the needs of older drivers. Classes will help to refresh elderly drivers on the rules of the road, and also help them to learn about how age-related physical changes can impact their driving abilities. These classes are also a great way to broach a difficult subject with loved ones who are steadfastly trying to hold on to their independence.
CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow is calling on senior drivers to participate in continued educational events, like the Age Well, Drive Smart Classes, to help maintain and extend their safe driving years. The CHP understands the importance and necessity of independence for older drivers across the state and wants to support safe driving practices.
Drive Well Toolkit
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also offers older drivers and their loved ones a variety of great resources. Their Drive Well Toolkit is specifically tailored to promoting older driver safety and mobility in communities across the country. Educational resources available include information on understanding issues related to older drivers and later-life independency and mobility and plans and public information events to assist older drivers and their loved ones.
Sign up for the Age Well, Drive Smart Class
If you or a loved one would like to sign up for an Age Well, Drive Smart Class, you need to get in touch with your local CHP office. Listed below is the contact information for the San Diego and Santa Barbara CHP offices.
San Diego CHP Office
4902 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92110
Santa Barbara CHP Office
6465 Calle Real
Goleta, CA 93117
Age Well, Drive Smart
In addition to driving skills refresher courses, the program will also help older drivers and their loved ones determine when it’s time to hang up the keys. Older drivers and family members should note that the class isn’t aimed at taking away the mobility and independence of senior citizens. It’s about education and safety. There will also be information about alternative transportation options. Older drivers and their loved ones are encouraged not to wait until it’s too late. One accident is one accident too many.
Motorcycle Crash near Goleta Public Library
On Tuesday morning, a crash involving a motorcycle and another vehicle happened right outside of the Goleta Public Library. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the incident happened at about 6:30 a.m. in the 400 block of North Fairview Avenue. The motorcyclist was rushed to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
At least one other person was injured from the other vehicle as well. At this time, very few details about the crash have been released. There’s no word on anybody’s current condition, or the cause of the crash. This wreck is still under investigation with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and the team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody involved speedy and full recoveries from their injuries.
Overturned Cement Truck in La Jolla
On Monday morning, a cement truck overturned in a residential neighborhood in La Jolla. According to NBC Channel Seven San Diego News, the incident happened sometime around 9:15 a.m. in the 7200 block of Via Capri. For currently unknown reasons, the yellow cement truck overturned in the roadway.
First responders were on the scene to direct traffic as crews worked to clear the road. At least one person was injured and treated for minor injuries on the scene. Traffic was blocked on Via Capri as crews and first responders worked. At this time, there’s still no word on what caused the large cement truck to roll over.
CHP’s Drowsy Driving Prevention
Officials with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about the dangers of drowsy driving. The CHP joined up with the National Sleep Foundation to participate in “Drowsy Driving Prevention Week,” which ran from November 2-9, 2014. This annual campaign is aimed at raising awareness about just how dangerous it is to drive while you’re sleepy or drowsy.
In 2012, there were over 3,900 crashes in California involving drowsy drivers. At least 36 people died in those preventable crashes, and another 2,100 people were injured. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow was quick to point out that while most Californians know that driving under the influence is dangerous, few people understand the implications of drowsy driving. Driving while sleepy is actually a pretty dangerous combination that can lead to fatal consequences.
Drowsy Driving as Dangerous as Drunk Driving
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that cognitive impairment after roughly 18 hours of wakefulness is similar to having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05 percent. A period of wakefulness lasting about 24 hours is like the equivalent of having a BAC of 0.10 percent, which is over the legal limit in California and across the U.S. This information is especially important for shift workers and those that work long hours or double and triple shifts. Drivers certainly shouldn’t mix alcohol and drowsiness either. Even a small amount of alcohol can greatly amplify the dangers of drowsy driving. Listed below are a few signs you are too drowsy to drive safely.
Warning Signs You Need to Pull Over
• Frequent blinking
• Difficulty focusing
• Heavy eyelids
• Trouble remembering last few miles driven
• Missing exits or signs
• Yawning and rubbing your eyes repeatedly
• Trouble keeping head up
• Feeling restless and irritable
• Drifting from your lane, tailgating or hitting rumble strips
What to do After an Accident
After any kind of car accident, your first priority needs to be your health. Get your immediate medical needs addressed before dealing with anything else. Contacting an experienced personal injury attorney is a great way to make sure your interests are being looked after. A lawyer can be your advocate and stay on top of investigative developments. If you have been injured in a crash involving a sleepy or drowsy driver or a driver who has fallen asleep at the wheel, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free case consultation today.
Motorcyclist Injured near Santa Barbara
On Monday afternoon, a motorcyclist was injured in a crash on Cathedral Oaks Road. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the incident happened sometime after 3:00 p.m., near the southbound off ramp from Highway 154. For currently unknown reasons, the westbound motorcycle collided with a GMC SUV that was headed southbound on the off ramp.
The motorcyclist was swiftly transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. There’s no word on that person’s current condition or whether or not anybody else was injured in the crash. The cause of this wreck is still under investigation with the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes the injured motorcyclist a full and quick recovery.
Children Injured in Mission Valley Crash
On Sunday, at least four people were injured, including two children, in a crash that happened in Mission Valley. According to ABC Channel 10 News, the wreck happened sometime before 2:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 8, west of Interstate 805. For currently unknown reasons, a woman who was driving a black SUV with a learner’s permit lost control of her vehicle.
She swerved into another lane, crashed into a wall and overturned on the roadway. The wreck caused three other vehicles to have a chain reaction crash. The two adults from the black SUV, including the driver, were taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital for treatment of injuries, and two children from the same car were taken to Rady Children’s Hospital. At this time, there’s no word on their conditions. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a speedy and full recovery.
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