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Todd Dills

Correcting the record on DWT

| December 04, 2009

That’s “driving while texting,” of course, the latest and greatest among local and national media fouls when it comes to trucking. Fortunately, yesterday South Dakota Trucking Association President Myron L. Rau took the time to correct the misstatements made by Dustin Murphy in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader newspaper about the apparently increasing number of truck-attributable crashes in recent years, which Murphy attributed in part to texting.

Nevermind the cause, of course, if the end result is simply false, wrote Rau: “Murphy cites statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s annual safety study and incorrectly stated that the number of fatalities attributed to trucks is rising. The data cited in the 2007 report actually illustrates that since 2005, fatal accidents involving trucks has decreased by more than 20 percent.”

For Rau’s full letter, follow this link.

Since the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in July released the results of a study that probed trucker talking-and-texting behavior in-cab, I’ve written about news surrounding the public focus on distracted driving here and here and here and here and here and here, in that order (emsorry for the overload: I knew it was a lot, but when I got to backtracking it just never seemed to stop — suffice to say it’s been on the minds of both those in the trucking community and the wider public lately, no doubt).

  • John Rob

    It is dangerous to be distracted while driving and it is easy to lose concentration on driving with texting. I use http://www.drivesafe.ly/ mobile application to text and stay focused on the road

  • Jane

    How could anybody be that much unnecessarily careless to not concentrate most on road while driving but as well paying attention towards texting as well… Both are the different works and both should be practiced at the according places and on very much specifically particular condition… Don#39;t let yourself to go to let it hybrid.. it can be dangerous..!!br /br /a href=”http://www.1searchautos.com/truck/trailer.php” rel=”nofollow”used trailers for sale/a | a href=”http://www.1searchautos.com/truck/mftr_model_result.php?MAKEID=CHEVROLET” rel=”nofollow”chevy trucks for sale/a | a href=”http://www.1searchautos.com/truck/heavy_duty_manufacturer.php?SID=Hooklift%20Truckamp;YID=207″ rel=”nofollow”Lifted trucks for sale/a

  • judy

    I got a nasty ticket once, while dodging an idiot in a van and talking on the phone. br /When folks get on the phone they don#39;t control their speed. This particular guy was speeding up to 70 then dropping to 50 and doing it all in front of me.br /It seems that every time I see someone driving strangely, it turns out their on the phone.br /I wish they would park the rolling phone booths.

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