Distracted Driving

   And School Buses

    A total of 34 student deaths were caused by school
     bus accidents in the 1998-2008 decade. Many of
     those school bus accidents were caused by distracted
It really does happen
Types of Distractions

  Visual – Taking your eyes off of the road
  Manual – Taking your hands off of the
  Cognitive – Not having your mind on
   your driving
Distracted Driving and School Buses
Many Distractions
Unusual Distractions
   Some people manage to do all three
    types of distracted driving at the same
School Bus driver on a cell phone, listening
to iPod, and had not slept in two days

   As recent as January 26,2011

   Causes fatal car accident

   This was second fatal incident

   Video shows driver running 11
   Stop signs before the accident
Let‟s talk about texting
Bus Driver Texting Crash
1068 Texts
What Texting Looks Like
From Inside the bus
Under Cover Investigation
Graphic PSA
October 24, 2010

    Driver with 10 students on crashes into
     telephone pole because driver was
     reaching for a dropped cell phone.

 Lt. James Perez, a Fairfield Police spokesman, was quoted as saying, “This is a
 classic example of why we have a distracted driver law, Here we have a trained
 professional who‟s entrusted with the safety of children and even he can make
 an error while driving distracted. It only takes a second of not watching the road
 for an accident to happen.”
  It isn‟t all about cell phones

A North Carolina school bus driver charged with distracted driving because the
driver took her attention off the road to talk to a student. “She turns and you can
hear her ask a question to one of the students, „do I need to go straight or turn
here?‟ and when she looked back ahead she was running off the road,” NCHP
First Sergeant Will Thurston told WNCT.
Just Distracted
Six Flags
What happens to the brain
    In January 2004, at 4:00 p.m., in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a 20-year-old woman
     ran a red light while talking on a cell phone. The driver‟s vehicle slammed into
     another vehicle crossing with the green light directly in front of her. The vehicle
     she hit was not the first car through the intersection, it was the third or fourth. The
     police investigation determined the driver never touched her brakes and was
     traveling 48 mph when she hit the other vehicle.
    The crash cost the life of a 12-year-old boy. Witnesses told investigators that the
     driver was not looking down, not dialing the phone, or texting. She was observed
     looking straight out the windshield talking on her cell phone as she sped past four
     cars and a school bus stopped in the other south bound lane of traffic.
    Distracted drivers experience what researchers call inattention blindness, similar
     to that of tunnel vision. Drivers are looking out the windshield, but they do not
     process everything in the roadway environment that they must know to effectively
     monitor their surroundings, seek and identify potential hazards, and respond to
     unexpected situations
Basketball video

  Can the brain really do two things at
  Talking on the phone vs talking to
   someone in the car.
  Hands free vs. on a cell phone
  Talking on cell phone = drunk driving
HB 0072

    No wireless phone use in a school zone,
     construction zone or maintenance speed
Public Act 096-0818

  A school bus operator may not operate a
   school bus while using a cellular radio
   telecommunication device.
  A school bus driver who violates this
   subsection is guilty of a petty offense
   punishable by a fine of not less than
   $100 and not more than $250.
Distracted driving test

    When talking on a cell phone while
     driving, which is safer to use – a
     handheld or hands-free device?

    Neither, they are equally unsafe
Distracted driving test

    Talking on a cell phone is like having a
     blood alcohol level of what?

                         .04
Distracted driving test

  How many kinds of distracted driving did
   we talk about?
  What were they?
                    Visual
                   Manual
                  Cognitive
Distracted driving test

    Can the brain really do two things at

                         NO
Undistracted Driving

  When you are driving, follow these rules:
  Stay focused.
  Pay attention.
  Expect the unexpected.
  Be well-rested and in the appropriate
   mindset to drive. Driving while you are
   upset or angry can be just as dangerous
   as driving when you are tired.
 Do not tailgate.
 Allow sufficient time to reach your
 Ensure your vehicle is properly
  maintained. (Pre-trip and Post-trip)
Contact information

  Don West
  Rockford Public Schools 205
  2000 Christina Street, Rockford, IL
  westd@rps205.com
  815-966-3788

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