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8 • February 15-28, 2018 Nation THETRUCKER.COM T b Distracted from page 1 b an insurance company,” Woodward said. “We see claims for accidents for all sorts of reasons.” People eat and drink in their cars, she said. Women put on makeup, men shave while driving. Passengers, especially children, can be a distraction. Working the car’s controls can be a distraction. Things you see along the highway can be distracting. Sometimes a person’s mind just wanders. But nowadays, when people talk about distracted driving, it’s become almost synonymous with using electronic devices, especially smartphones, while driving. “They’re very distracted. They’re on their phone, they’re on their music, they’re talking, they’re texting, they’re distracted with all the infotainment that we have in our cars today,” Woodward said. Travelers recently commissioned a Harris Poll survey on work-related distracting driving. The survey found that 43 percent of those who drive at some point during their workweek, not counting their daily commute, make or answer work-related calls, texts or e-mails while driving. The survey also found that there is an age gap in this behavior. While about 54 percent of both DISTRACTED DRIVING RISKS Worry a great deal or some about ... Accident due to another driver’s distracted driving. Running into a distracted pedestrian. Accident due to my own distraction. Teen getting into an accident while driving distracted. 31% 44% 70% 73% Courtesy: TRAVELERS Survey results show drivers tend to be more concerned about other people being distracted on the road than of their own distraction. Courtesy: TRAVELERS Although much focus has been put on the use of smartphones and other technology while behind the wheel in recent years, the Travelers Institute’s Every Second Matters campaign points out that drivers can be distracted from many activities, including grooming or eating. 8% 6% 4% 2% 0% -2% -4% -6% -8% -10% -12% Traffic Fatalities Annual percentage change from previous year 3.6% 2.2% 1.0% -1.4% 0.4% 0.9% -0.1% -3.0% millennials — those ages 18-34 — and Generation X (ages 35-44) drivers admitted to communicating while driving, the percentage dropped off quickly, to 37 percent of those 45-54, and only 33 percent of those 55-65. There also seems to be a generational divide when it comes to attitudes toward using devices while behind the wheel. The 2017 Travelers Risk Index, an annual survey of Americans’ concerns on various topics, found that although 80 percent of drivers say they know using personal technology while driving is risky, 23 percent still admitted doing it. That’s despite 10 percent of drivers saying they’d been in an accident and 30 percent of drivers reporting they’d had a near-miss due to their own distracted driving. While millennials are more concerned about their own distracted driving than older drivers are, they are less likely to perceive using technology as a risky distraction. Woodward believes there are a couple of factors at play. For one, older drivers grew up “without having to have a cellphone attached to your eyeballs.” The index also showed that drivers of all ages are more concerned about other people being distracted than of their own distraction. That’s not entirely bad, Woodward points out. “Our campaign is a little different,” she said. “We’re telling people you may think you’re a safe driver, you may think you can handle answering that text while driving. We’re not saying, ‘You know you’re bad, you know you have to stop.’” Instead, part of the campaign is to get the average driver to understand even if they are fully committed to driving smart, they have to assume no one else on the road around them is, that anyone, pedestrians included, are distracted. And the more drivers start adopting this perspective — that all these other people are creating a hazard — the more they will start speaking up -9.5% -9.0% -2.4% -0.1% 3.1% -2.9% 0.1% 6.7% 6.5% 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Courtesy: NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL A bar graph from the National Safety Council shows the sudden jump in traffic fatalities in 2015-’16 that has prompted the Travelers Institute to create its Every Second Matters campaign to combat distracted driving. against the practice and the more it will create a stigma around distracted driving, much as it happened with drinking and driving. “We want to encourage kids and teens when they’re in the back seat to speak up,” Woodward said. “We want people to say this is not acceptable anymore.” 8 The Trucker: CHRISTIE MCCLUER As of February 2018, 15 states and the District of Columbia have laws banning cellphone use while driving, while another six have partial bans. Meanwhile, all but three states have total bans on texting behind the wheel, with nearly all of them making it a primary offense. Nation February 15-28, 2018 • 9 PrePass provider HELP partnering with Arizona, TAT, to help prevent trafficking THE TRUCKER STAFF PHOENIX — HELP Inc., the nonprofit provider of PrePass services, has joined Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), the Arizona Trucking Association and PrePass carrier Albertsons to form a new statewide partnership to help rescue victims of human trafficking. TAT was on hand at a recent news conference with its Freedom Drivers Project, the first-of-its-kind mobile exhibit designed to help educate the public and members of the trucking industry about the realities of human trafficking and how the trucking industry can combat it. The event was planned in recognition of January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In 2015, Brnovich created a unit dedicated solely to combating sexual exploitation and human trafficking in Arizona. Attorneys have investigated more than 75 defendants with ties to sex trafficking, with approximately 30 currently open cases involving sexual exploitation of minors. In just the first six months of 2017, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received more than 200 tips about human trafficking incidents in Arizona. The attorney general’s office will donate the funds to help pay for rescue stickers that will be placed on more than 25,000 tractortrailers traveling across the state. The window sticker states, “Do You Need Help?” and lists the National Human Trafficking Hotline or victims can text “HELP” to 233-733 (Be Free). HELP President and CEO Karen Rasmussen spoke about the assistance that HELP, a platinum sponsor, is providing to raise awareness among the more than 57,000 fleets that utilize HELP’s PrePass system. Truckers Against Trafficking partners with many law enforcement agencies across the country in training truck drivers to recognize and report instances of human trafficking. Currently, 23 of the 32 states that deploy HELP’s PrePass system are actively engaged with TAT. Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Washington and Ohio also mandate that entry-level CDL holders receive TAT training. To order window stickers for your fleet, contact For more information about PrePass, visit 8 Come Join the JanCo Family! EntErtainmEnt transportation spEcialists sincE 1975 Currently hiring company drivers and owner operators. Excellent salary and benefit packages available. Lead driver pay and cash bonuses. Assigned late model conventionals. Company-paid life insurance. TEAMS ARE URGED TO CALL WE REQUIRE u Clean MVR u Hard-working and professional u 2 years verifiable OTR experience u Passport and ability to enter Canada u Ability to be on the road up to 4 months at a time. 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