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Traffic Fatalities on the Rise in U.S., Arkansas, in part, because of Distracted Driving

Published on Feb 16, 2017 at 3:10 pm in Car Wrecks, Distracted Driving.

Yesterday, the National Safety Council estimated that as many as 40,000 people died in car crashes in 2016.  This estimate represents a 6% increase over 2015 and a 14% increase over 2014.

What’s causing the significant increase in fatalities?  People are driving more miles and more people are driving distracted.

Arkansas State Police report a similar increase in car crash fatalities between 2014 and 2016.

Here’s a link to the National Safety Council press release.

Here’s a link to an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article discussing national and state fatality numbers.

State Senator Will Bond Files Two Distracted Driving Bills in Arkansas Legislature

Published on Jan 31, 2017 at 5:18 pm in Distracted Driving.

State Senator Will Bond, a McMath Woods attorney, filed two bills last week aimed at curbing texting and driving.  Senator Bond stated: “We need to get folks’ attention and eyes back on the road.”

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette covered the filing of the bills in an article published Saturday, January 28, 2017.  Click here to read the article.

Distraction Related Driving Fatalities Increased by 8.8% from 2014 to 2015

Published on Dec 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm in Distracted Driving.

From 2014 to 2015, there was a 7.2% increase in motor vehicle traffic fatalities.  The 7.2% increase is the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years.

From 2014 to 2015, there was an 8.8% increase in motor vehicle traffic fatalities involving distraction affected crashes.  The 8.8% increase is nearly three times the rate of increase of motor vehicle traffic fatalities involving alcohol affected crashes.

Don’t drive distracted this holiday season.

Here’s a link to the NHTSA’s driving fatality statistics for 2015.

 

Holiday Travel–Remember No Texting While Driving

Published on Nov 24, 2015 at 8:27 pm in Car Wrecks, Distracted Driving, texting while driving, Uncategorized.

It is against the law in Arkansas to text and drive. Act 247 of 2009, Called Paul’s Law now in statute at Ark. Code Ann. Sec. 27-51-1504, makes texting and driving illegal. We all know how distracting and dangerous texting and driving is so please keep your eyes off your phone and on the road during this busy holiday season. It is also important to note that it is illegal for anyone under age 18 to be using a phone while driving at any time except in case of emergency. Ark. Code Ann. Sec. 27-51-1603. Stay safe out there. Look at the road and enjoy the beauty of the Natural State while driving.  Stay off your phone while on the road.

Distracted Driving–Texting While Driving

Published on Jun 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm in Car Wrecks, Distracted Driving, texting while driving, Uncategorized, Wrongful Death.

421,000 people were injured by distracted drivers in 2012. 5 seconds is the average amount of time your eyes are off the road typing or reading a text message. Traveling 55 mph, 5 seconds is the time it takes to travel the length of a football field. These statistics were compiled by the federal government. Others factual information about the epidemic of distracted driving can be reviewed at distraction.gov. Everyone has to be more careful out there on our roads. When people look down at their SMART phone, they become DUMB, distracted drivers, that may very well cause injury or death. McMath Woods is committed to trying to help stop the epidemic of distracted driving. If you have ideas for bumper stickers that we could use or other ideas to discourage distracted driving, please let us know.

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