Distracted Driving Workshop Kings Country Distracted Driving Initiative Agenda • Explore the sources of Distractive Driving • Why do people engage in tasks that result in the Distractive Driving? • Hands on Demonstration • Enforcement and liability • Exploring Options to Reduce Risks • Summary and Reflections? Video • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t791 1kgJJZc What are some forms of Distractive Driving? Common Distractions • Eating Common Distractions • Grooming Common Distractions • Adjusting instruments and radio Common Distractions • Interacting with passengers Common Distractions • Parents dealing with small children or babies Common Distractions • Using a GPS Common Distractions • Reading while driving 100 km/h Common Distractions • Pets Common Distractions • Outside Distractions Common Distractions • Cell Phone use through voice or text Are Some of Distractions More Risky than Others? Rate these Distractions (0 = No Risk, 10 = High Risk ) • • • • • • • • • Eating / Drinking Radio Conversation with passenger Interacting with your children Using a GPS Reading Pets on lap Outside distractions Cell phone use – holding phone to call – texting. Does the Risk of a Distraction Change, Based on Conditions? • Person is drinking a coffee. • Coffee is extremely hot and there is no top on the cup. • We are driving in downtown Halifax. • It is rush hour traffic & emergency services are trying to direct traffic around an apartment fire. Does the Risk Increase if Distractions are combined? Why is Cell Phone use is an Unacceptable Risk? • It forces a person to take their eyes off the road while trying to dial or answer the phone. • Attention on driving diminishes considerably when trying to do tasks which require focus. • Your concentration is split between driving and your conversation. • A person talking to you remotely will not know when you encounter a traffic situation that requires your full attention. Why is Texting even More Risky? • It requires more attention to read small print. • Typing words require great focus and more attention to formulate thoughts to text. • The time that it takes your mind and eyes away from driving is far greater than most other distractions. Why do people engage in tasks that result in the Distractive Driving? Triggers that Cause Distractive Driving • Boredom • Short of time • Believe we can multi task, so why not do it • Belief of being immune to danger • Compulsion to communicate What are your triggers? On Hands Demonstration Possible Liability Options to Reduce Risk • Bluetooth for hands free calling • Software to block texts while in motion Scosche Cell Control or Text buster • Software to convert text to voice Drivesaf.ly Pro or Voxdox So Let’s Reflect • Did you discover any new facts on the subject of Distractive driving. • As the result of this session, what changes can you make to reduce the risks of “distractive driving.” Will you? For more information… • http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-thefacts/facts-and-statistics.html • http://distracteddriving.caa.ca/education/ • http://www.textinganddrivingsafety .com/texting-and-driving-stats/ Questions?