Category: Distracted Driving

If the outpouring of love and kindness after reading about the deep bond between a man named John Pointer and his dog Benny is any indication, people in Austin have genuinely caring and special relationships with their dogs. Twenty musicians in Austin played at a benefit for Benny, and Benny and John's story went viral after Benny's death

Texting while driving is distracted driving. In an article entitled “Police Losing Battle to Get Drivers to Put Down Their Phones” the New York Times published that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 3,500 people died in crashes involving distracted drivers in the United States and Puerto Rico in 2

Beginning in late March 2016, an app called ParkX will allow drivers in downtown Austin, Texas to pay for parking meters electronically. This will remove the need to use cash or credit cards, as drivers will be able to pay using their smartphones instead. The benefits of this new program are apparent, as it will make downtown parking easi

The city council of San Marcos, Texas officially passed a hands-free ordinance in November 2015 with an effective date of February 1, 2016. With their slogan “No Hands, No Hassle” the city hopes to inform San Marcos residents and visitors of the new law and to make the transition to hands-free devices while driving as smooth as possib

After Austin experienced 102 traffic deaths in 2015, setting a new record, the city was included in the Vision Zero Focus Cities program, joining Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. Getting its start in Sweden in October of 1997, Vision Zero is a national traffic safety program that tries to reduce or completely eliminate traffic fat

In our on-the-go world, multitasking while driving is common. Many drivers try to save time by eating while driving. Unfortunately, drivers who eat and drive often fail to give proper attention to their driving and can cause accidents. Studies show that over 70% of drivers admit to eating while driving and 83% drink beverages while dri

The running of red traffic lights is a serious problem across the United States. A yellow light is intended to signal to drivers that they should slow down and come to a complete stop. Instead, many drivers speed up upon seeing a yellow light to try to miss the red light and end up running it instead. According to statistics, collisions o

This time last year there were 9 pedestrians killed by motor vehicle accidents in Austin. This year, 22 have been killed. A spokesman for the Austin Police Department vehicular homicide division has stated that people "just aren't paying attention in general." Sometimes it's the pedestrian. However, sometimes it's a distracted or drunk dr

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