As we are fortunate to celebrate Thanksgiving and the holidays, I am thinking about the many not so fortunate due to distracted driving.
Michigan State Police 12-month data reports a 7% increase in crash fatalities despite a huge drop in miles driven. Drivers are moving at higher speeds and are often more aggressive. With winter weather approaching, FADD activities to encourage changes in driving habits take on even greater importance.
We will continue and hopefully increase interaction with all driver groups from teens thru seniors. Let us know if you have a group to suggest. Please go to our website www, fadd.info
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Thanks for your consideration and please enjoy a SAFE & JOYOUS HOLIDAY SEASON!
Sincerely,Marv Berkowitz, Pres.Fathers Against Distracted Driving (FADD)
Longtime YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo member and Fathers Against Distracted Driving founder Marvin Berkowitz has an important safety reminder about safe summer driving.
During summer, we see more motorcyclists and bicyclists, more pedestrians, and more young drivers suffer fatalities, and higher usage of drugs and alcohol in drivers involved in crashes. Please remember to stay alert, stay off your phones, wear your seatbelt, and call a friend or Uber or Lyft if you shouldn’t be behind the wheel.
We suffer from “Winter Amnesia.” Many have forgotten what adjustments are needed for safe winter driving. NHTSA data- 2019-20 40.1 Billion miles driven reduction; 7% increase in fatal crash deaths. Increase in pedestrians, motorcyclists and young drivers killed. Many autopsies reveal concomitant use of opiods, alcohol &/or marijuana Use of cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana surging according to national survey in WSJ (5/9). About half of those killed not wearing seat belts. Not-so-smart phones major problem, Too may of us have become addicted to cell phones. Crash every 8 seconds; death every 15 minutes.
Michigan more crash deaths than New York.
By design, we are being held captive by Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, etc.
We need to throw off these shackles and go back to traditional forms of communication like face-to-face discussions. Can you drive without using the phone? Take the “NO TEXTING” pledge on this website. MI Police say texting worst problem related to crashes.
For new & old drivers, distracted driving has reached an epidemic level on our roads and highways.
This book provides a comprehensive overview with some ideas to help solve the problem. It would make an ideal gift for any new driver or Smartphone addict in the family. For more information, click the link below
As we are asked to stay put, both traffic and crashes have been reduced by 50% but the incidence of speeding has increased dramatically according to MI State Police. 11% increase 2021 crash deaths. So be wary when you do drive because tailgaters will rapidly be upon you. Speed can be a killer. Fall traffic may be unreal since many travelers will not want to fly.
Stay safe, don’t speed and please refrain from using phone when driving. The life you save may be your own.