Texting and driving distracted has sadly become a normal every day occurrence for all ages, sending a text message seems to be more important than peoples lives. Texting while driving is part of or the reason why 80% of collisions happen, so we ask; is that text message really that important to send or answer while you are driving?
Motorcyclist Are Extremely Vulnerable
As motorcyclists, we see, sense and are aware of our surroundings more so than people driving in their cars;we have to be.
- Getting in an accident while riding your motorcycle will cause serious and potentially fatal injuries.
- Motorcyclists have no air bags or steel cages for protection.
- Even with full gear on, motorcyclists can still be injured.
- The weather is another factor for motorcyclists, we can’t roll up our windows.
- Motorcyclists are vulnerable and realize it is an inherently dangerous form of transportation.
- Motorcyclists also know these factors and ride with all senses alert.
Distracted Driving is more than texting
We have rode our motorcycles all over Canada, the USA and Mexico, and the one common denominator we have identified is that people, while using numerous forms of technology, end up driving distracted. Specifically talking on their phones or texting and driving. Although we have also seen people putting on lip stick, reading, grooming their hair, applying make up or spanking their kids in the back seat, all while driving a 2 ton potential killing machine; their car.
Distracted Driving Kills
May is motorcycle awareness month, that does not mean your not to be aware all year long. We made this short texting and driving video as a public service announcement, a reminder how important it is to not text while driving or driving distracted, because as you know; distracted driving kills.
Hope we get the point across.
Calgary Alberta Distracted Driving Numbers
In our home city of Calgary, local law enforcement issued:
- over 6000 distracted driving tickets in 2012
- over 2000 distracted driving tickets in the first four months of 2013
Edmonton Alberta has similar distracted driving stats and you can only imagine what all the other smaller centres numbers are.
Texting and Driving Statistics From CAA Website.
Cell phones are one of the most common distractions for drivers.
- Drivers engaged in text messaging on a cellular phone are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident or near accident event compared with non-distracted drivers. (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 2010)
- 84% of distracted-driving-related fatalities in the US were tied to the general classification of carelessness or inattentiveness (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2009)
- 80% of collisions and 65% of near crashes have some form of driver inattention as contributing factors (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2010)
- Distracted drivers are 3 times more likely to be in a crash than attentive drivers (Alberta Transportation, 2011)
- Driver distraction is a factor in about 4 million motor vehicle crashes in North America each year.
- Children are four times more distracting than adults as passengers, and infants are eight times more distracting than adults as passengers.
- Economic losses caused by traffic collision-related health care costs and lost productivity are at least $10 billion annually. That’s about 1% of Canada’s GDP! (Government of Canada)
- In 2010, distracted driving was a contributing factor in 104 collision fatalities in British Columbia (RCMP).
- International research shows that 20% to 30% of all collisions involve driver distraction (Alberta Transportation, 2011)
Please Don’t Text And Drive
Pizza supplied by HOWIE’S PIZZA from Calgary AB.
The complete video was filmed in a safe controlled environment, please do not try this yourself.