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Pokémon Go is The Latest Example of Distracted Driving

Many drivers are finding themselves to be distracted when they are behind the wheel, whether they are talking on their cell phone, texting, eating, surfing the Internet on their mobile devices or playing with the radio. Now, there is a new distraction for drivers: Pokémon Go.

Drowsy Drivers Pose Dangers on the Road

While most will agree that getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated poses a threat to the driver and others, it is unbeknownst to many that a motorist's lack of sleep may pose equal or greater danger to those on the roadways. According to a report released this month by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), drowsy-driving accounts for 10 to 20 percent of large truck or bus crashes on U.S. roadways. Every day, nearly 83.6 million American drivers get behind the wheel while fatigued and an estimated 5,000 lives were lost in drowsy-driving related accidents last year.

Distracted driver's final moments of life were spent on Facebook

Life is both short and fragile. These are two truths that everyone knows, but we rarely stop to appreciate what they mean. It often takes a story of tragedy to truly understand how the decisions we make each day could end our lives decades too soon.

While driving, hands-free devices are no less distracting

One look around the streets of New York City is all it takes to realize that distracted drivers are an accident waiting to happen. Whether they’re texting, talking on a cellphone or trying to program a GPS device, drivers who aren’t focused on the road put themselves and others at significant risk for a distracted driving accident.

Insurance device targeting teen distraction approved in New York

The New York State Department of Financial Services has just approved a voluntary program through the insurance company Esurance that allows parents to block certain types of cellphone use when a car is in motion. The program, called “DriveSafe,” gives policyholders of the Allstate subsidiary to install a free device on the cars their teen drivers use. When a corresponding app is installed on the teen’s phone, the device communicates with the phone, blocking its use for certain purposes. It can also monitor teens’ driving behavior.

Study: huge rise in cyclists killed in distracted driving wrecks

An analysis of U.S. traffic fatalities reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that was just published by researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center revealed an alarming trend. While traffic fatalities overall have generally declined, fatal accidents involving both bicyclists and pedestrians are actually on the increase.

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