distracted driving

Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Trucking Executives, Transportation Experts Discuss Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving Part of the distracted driving roundtable. (NTSBgov via YouTube)

Transportation companies — including trucking groups — can improve safety by promoting accountability at the individual, executive and peer levels, according to industry representatives.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Sygic Introduces Real-Time Driver Behavior Analysis

Sygic, a Slovakia-based mobile navigation company, has unveiled a new driver behavior algorithm designed to motivate drivers to act safer behind the wheel.

Transport Topics
October 18, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety

Speeders More Likely to Practice Other Unsafe Behavior

Speeding ticket TT file photo

Truck driving video analysis firm SmartDrive Systems reports that drivers who speed are three times more likely than their nonspeeding peers to practice unsafe following distances, 45% more likely to be in a near collision and 2½ times more likely to be distracted while driving.

Transport Topics
May 4, 2018
Technology, Safety

Core Group of Distracted Drivers Reduces Road Safety

Distracted driver David J. Phillip/AP

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, and several new studies show the problem is getting worse.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
April 17, 2018

Opinion: Follow the Right Protocol in Accident Reporting

When developing accident-response training for drivers, fleets often focus on the wrong thing. They typically start with a list of do’s and don’ts without the proper context. Fleets, and by extension their drivers, must know the importance of following the right protocol. When it comes to accident reporting, it’s crucial.

Mark Murrell | Co-Founder, CarriersEdge
November 26, 2017
Business, Safety

FMCSA Proposes Large Fines for Handheld Cell Phone Use

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed fines up to $2,750 for truckers who use a handheld cell phone while driving, as well as the possible suspension or revocation of a commercial license for repeated offenses.

January 3, 2011
Business, Safety

LaHood Blasts Insurance Group that Claims Texting Bans Are Ineffective

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety drew an angry rebuke from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood over a study the group released that showed no relation between texting bans and fewer car crashes.

October 4, 2010
Business, Safety

State Highway Officials Avoid Vote on Cellphone Bans

The Governors Highway Safety Association has decided not to endorse complete bans on cellphone use while driving, the Washington Post reported Monday.

Transport Topics
September 27, 2010
Business, Safety

LaHood Announces Broadened Texting Ban Aimed at Intrastate Hazmat Truck Drivers

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced that the Obama administration intends to issue a broader ban on texting while driving aimed at closing a jurisdictional loophole involving intrastate haulers of hazardous materials.

September 27, 2010
Business, Safety

DOT Announces Broader Texting Ban for Hazmat Drivers

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Tuesday that the federal government would seek to ban text messaging by all drivers hauling hazardous materials.

Transport Topics
September 21, 2010