Deer Involvement in Animal-Strike Collisions on U.S. Roads and Highways

Over the past twelve years, Advanced Drivers of North America has had the privilege of working in rural areas in most American states, training into the thousands of drivers at various agricultural and agro-chemical corporations — people who typically have been born and raised in such areas and who are very conversant indeed with country living and with nature.

Photo of a small deer lying dead beside an interstate highway.
Even a relatively small individual like this white-tail is far from funny to hit at high speed in a sedan. Especially at night, the shock to the driver can be enough to trigger a much more serious outcome than the unfortunate deer alone created. Copyright image.

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The State With the Deadliest Traffic in America Admits its High-Speed Streets Have to Change

Linked here is is a very well-written post from StreetsblogUSA, and in huge contrast to almost everything written in the USA about traffic safety, it starts off very responsibly and accurately, with:

In the last few years, the traffic fatality rate in America has risen alarmingly high, wiping out a decade of progress and widening what was already an enormous gap between the U.S. and peer nations like the UK, Japan, and Germany…”

Photograph of the intersection between Pennsylvania Ave. and 16th Street, Miami Beach, Florida.
Pennsylvania Ave. and 16th Street, Miami Beach, Florida. Photo: Wiki Commons

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The Enormous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is Happening Now in South Dakota

As many as 600,000 bikers are expected for this year’s rally.  Public safety officials are asking everyone to stay alert and reminding other motorists to  wear seat belts.

Photo of a staggered group of motorcyclists.
A small, staggered ‘platoon’ of motorcyclists.   Copyright image.

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When Road Signs Can Increase the Danger – 001

Some road signs are incorrect for their task and others can create problems by not being located exactly where they should be (sometimes because the installer was sticking strictly to a rule book and didn’t use common sense).  But in this case the cause of potential danger is different:

Photo of a "Turn Off Cell Phones and Two-Way Radios" sign, too close to the construction zone (thus a danger created by distracting the drivers).
What to do? Switching off phones and radios is often linked to danger from explosives but if a driver starts messing about trying to switch off a phone this close to the construction zone, his distraction might cause him to hit someone…. like the worker who is walking across the road in this photo!   New York State.  (Copyright image.)

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Many cell phone drivers say they would not quit calling even if they caused a crash

Forty percent of drivers say that even if they caused a collision, it would not stop them using cell phones while driving, according to new research.

Photo of driver usings a hand-held cell phone at the wheel.
Not only using a hand-held cell phone while driving but also at an intersection and with an arm across the driver’s airbag due to one-handed steering. So a collision is more likely, as are greater injuries because of the bad steering. (The drivers face is deliberately blurred.)  Copyright image.

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Nasty Wounds Class as “Lucky” if a Cell Phone User Hits You with his Truck (UK)

July 7, 2017

Given what could have been the outcome, it is still outrageous that these nasty wounds have to be thought of as the young victim being “lucky” but there can be no doubt that he is indeed lucky to be alive.

Skin and flesh injuries from being dragged along the road by a vehicle.

The incident, a couple of days ago, involved a truck that struck this young man and his bicycle then dragged them along the road, wedged under the front bumper.  The truck driver allegedly didn’t know that he had hit anything and kept on driving until another driver, having seen what had happened, pulled into the path of the truck to force it to stop.

When the police arrived, it is said that they arrested the truck driver for being on his cell phone at the time of the collision.

The facts will presumably be established in court, and an immensely valuable law in Britain prohibits the publication in the meanwhile of anything which could prejudice the outcome of the court case, thus preventing “trial by media” and any inability to find unbiased people to serve on juries.  Sub Judice (pronounced “sub judiss-ay”) is a law of fairness and all countries would benefit from using a valid equivalent to it.

If the man is found guilty of having the collision while using a cell phone then we can probably expect him to go to prison.  The laws and punishments for such actions tend to be much tougher in Britain (and many other countries) than in the USA.

Eddie Wren, CEO & Chief Instructor — Advanced Drivers of North America

Video: Just Slow Down – Collateral Damage

We have willingly posted this here at the request of the PR team for Winnipeg Police Service, Manitoba.  It’s an excellent video that makes a crucially important point.

I confess that this video actually made me curse out loud the first time I saw it because, as a former police officer, I have certainly known of such things and I have seen some terrifyingly near misses, too.  But there is no excuse… none!

Video: Show this to Anyone You Love Who Texts or Phones While Driving

Here’s a video of just a conversation that you might like to forward to anyone you care about who either texts, uses their phone for music or talks on the phone while driving.  (It’s no good pretending that only texting is dangerous; that’s what the cell phone companies want everyone to believe so those massive corporations can maintain the best-possible profit levels!)

Suffice it to say that this should make anyone think twice.

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Video: The Immense Danger Caused by a Drunk Driver

In this ‘dash cam’ clip, a drunk is seen driving very dangerously indeed.

I confess that when I first watched this, I was silently hoping the car would run off the road, for the simple reason that this would hopefully limit the number of people s/he could potentially hurt or kill.

The reason for showing this clip on the ADoNA website is to reinforce the point that it can be very risky indeed to enter a ‘blind’ section of road — any part of the road that is hidden from your view — too quickly, because you never know what might be there or coming towards you.  There’s a lot more to it than just your speed, however (see below).

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Indeed, on one occasion when I was in Iowa, instructing two young men out of hundreds that we trained for a major subsidiary of Dow Chemicals, we were heading back to their base and they were visibly starting to lose concentration as the end of the day came closer.  However, the one that was driving approached a blind hillcrest (knoll) poorly and I got him to sharpen up and approach it in the way I had taught him earlier.  Even so, all three of us were taken aback when a large pick-up truck came barreling over the hillcrest entirely on the wrong side of the road, in total contravention of the solid double-yellow lines.  Both ‘my’ young men physically screamed but because of our adjusted approach the likely head-on collision was completely averted — a very satisfying ‘day at the office’ for me 😀

If you want your people to be better protected from bad incidents, without the seriously increased risk that comes from evasive-swerve or skid-recovery training, kindly take a look at our  Courses page then Contact Us with your questions.

In the meanwhile, the most important thing you can do when driving is abide by The Golden Rule of Safe Driving.

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Eddie Wren, CEO & Chief Instructor — Advanced Drivers of North America