distracted driving

Latest distraction: Hauler takes on-highway health to new heights

Some truck drivers in Germany are on a health kick perhaps more extreme than that of their U.S. counterparts. Near the western city of Munster, the website of Germany's English-language daily the Local reported, a hauler was spotted on the autobahn weaving as he overtook vehicles ahead. As police gave chase, the unmistakable glint of chrome dumbbells was observed reflecting the sun in the cab compartment as the driver got his workout in at high ...

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FMCSA updates rule dates

The FMCSA and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration have discussed restricting use of electronic devices.

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DOT reaffirms distracted driving focus

Safeway says its 1,525 truck drivers are prohibited from talking or texting on cell phones, or from using hands-free devices while driving.

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Skydiving to the ark: A Channel 19 2010 ‘Year in Review’

It's been a banner year for dramatic, contentious, weird and/or humorous trucking news here on the Channel 19 blog. I can't possibly predict how 2010 will be remembered years down the line, but read through the lens of this blog, well, it was nothing short of tumultuous, containing the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. (Readers, an informal poll, if I may: what is the most memorable among the Channel 19 posts or ...

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DOT launches distracted driving video online

Online video series explores the consequences of texting and cell phone use while driving.

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Study: Operating handheld device leading culprit

SmartDrive analyzed in-cab activity captured on video in the 15 seconds prior to collisions and near-collisions.

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Some fleets proactive on distracted driving

In 2003 Schneider National examined its high-severity crashes and found well over half resulted from distracted driving.

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Distracted driving estimated at 16% of deaths

Study found proportion of fatalities associated with driver distraction increased from 10 percent to 16 percent between 2005 and 2009.

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Agency hears distracted driving ideas

The agency had a committee to provide ideas in addressing the safety risk posed by in-cab distractions other than texting and cell phone use.

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Brit newspaper catches hauler unawares, mouth (and hands) full

Yes, the photo is real, the driver moving quickly down the M25, which circles London, and yes, he appears to be eating cereal, using both hands. As Ted Thornill of the Metro free newspaper (available in 16 British cities) wrote, "He clearly doesn’t care much for the Highway Code. It firmly states that you should ‘avoid distractions when driving’ such as ‘eating and drinking.' Even a police officer full of the milk of human kindness would take ...

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