Breaking the Basic Safety Rules of the Road Results in Fatalities

According to a recent KSL article, rule breakers are responsible for fatal crashes.  The five top things that cause fatal crashes are “Speeding, not wearing seatbelts, driving under the influence, distracted driving and drowsy driving.”  According to Colonel Daniel Fuhr, with the Utah Highway Patrol, “‘Seventy-percent of people who die on Utah roadways are not wearing a seatbelt. Absolutely preventable . . . Speeding, preventable. Drowsy driving? Preventable. Distracted driving, texting and all that? Preventable, Drunk driving? That is absolutely preventable. . . . And if people obeyed the laws . . ., we would have zero fatalities in the state of Utah.”  www.ksl.com.

One certainly can assume that the five car crash in St. George, Utah on Tuesday must have been caused by distracted driving.  According to a St. George News article, a “five-car crash occurred at the intersection of 100 South and 700 East Tuesday morning when a car ran a red light.”  The red car running the red light crashed into a blue minivan waiting in the intersection to make a turn.  The crash was so severe that four of the five cars involved in the crash had to be towed from the crash site.  If the driver were paying attention to his or her driving, he or she certainly would have seen a red light.

We encourage everyone to remember how important it is to keep your attention focused on your driving. Put down the phones. The call can wait. The text message will wait.  I wonder if the manufactures of cell phones shouldn’t program them so that if you are traveling at a speed in excess of 10 mph, your phone automatically shuts down unless you take affirmative steps to override the shut down.  This certainly may help reduce the number of accidents and crashes which result in lost lives and damaged futures.

Interstate 80 Car Crash Kills 2 Women on July 20, 2013

Our hearts go out to the families of the persons involved in that fatal crash today on I-80 near mile marker 170 about 12 miles north of Coalville. Apparently, one of the drivers crossed the median into the westbound traffic lanes and struck a car driven by an elderly woman.  The crash reportedly killed both drivers.   The families of the persons involved must certainly wonder what happened to cause the 28 year old driver to cross over the median into the westbound traffic lane.  For more information, see http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56621645-78/woman-women-accident-car.html.csp.

Sharpening Our Defensive Driving Skills

Today, I was blessed.  As I was driving on River Road, near Target, a driver, who obviously was not paying attention to her driving, made a left  hand turn directly in front of me while I was traveling  at 40 mph.  I immediately slammed on my brakes and cranked the wheel hard to the left, causing my car to slide sideways.  I barely missed her as she completed her right hand turn directly in front of me.  She seemed oblivious to the fact that she almost caused a significant collision.  Had I been distracted for even a second, I would have broadsided her at full speed.  I learned again my lesson today of the importance of driving defensively and keeping my attention focused not only on my driving but also on the others who I share the road with.     Let’s all be more careful to avoid injuring ourselves and others as we drive.  Be Safe!

Driver on Cell Phone Causes Four-Car Accident, Injures Three, SouthWhitehall Patch, January 3, 2013.

South Whitehall Police report a chain reaction accident on Cedar Crest Boulevard.

Three people were hurt when a driver who said he was attempting to make a phone call caused a four-car accident in the 200 block of Cedar Crest Boulevard on Dec. 19 at 6:17 p.m.

According to South Whitehall Township Police reports, Christopher K. Jameson, 25, of Reading, was driving south on Cedar Crest Boulevard when he hit a stopped car driven by David Dopkin, 38, of Whitehall.

Dopkin’s car then hit the car stopped in front of it driven by Justin Haas, 26, of Allentown, which hit the car in front it, driven by Reem Haddad, 42, of Whitehall.

Jameson told police he didn’t know how fast he was going and that he was trying to make a phone call at the time of the accident. Three of the four cars involved had to be towed – the first car in the line, driven by Haddad, was driven from the scene.

Jameson said he didn’t suffer injuries but three people in the cars ahead of him complained of injuries and were transported to various local hospitals.