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 Webinar: What's So Distracting? A Webinar on How to Reduce Driver Distraction

Did You Know?
Research on distracted driving reveals a few facts you may not be aware of:

  • Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent. (Source: Carnegie Mellon)
  • Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to at least injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) 
  • Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (Source: University of Utah)

These are not the only causes for driver distraction. There is also other distractions that are just as common and just as dangerous:

  • Eating food or drink
  • Personal grooming 
  • Personal reading material
  • Filling our or reading paperwork

The year 2008 saw driver distraction come to the forefront as an issue that must be addressed by transit agencies. In 2009, APTA’s Bus Safety Working Group finalized two documents to assist the industry with the daunting task of creating policies and procedures to reduce driver distraction. Panelists will illustrate what measures they have taken to address driver distraction issues and the results they have achieved.

General Information:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
2-3:30pm ET

$195 - APTA members
$295 - Non APTA members

You Will Learn:

  • What agencies are doing to reduce driver distraction – methods, practices, and lessons learned
  • How to create policies and procedures to reduce driver distraction

Your Presenters:

  • Michael T. Flanigon, director, Office of Safety and Security, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Craig J. Dies, president, Let’s Bus It Publications Inc./BusWorx, Victoria, BC
  • Sue A. Stewart, transit safety officer, King County Department of Transportation/Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

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