From the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Web site:
Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. In 2009 alone, nearly 5,500 people were killed and 450,000 more were injured in distracted driving crashes.
The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group - 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving. Of those drivers involved in fatal crashes who were reportedly distracted, the 30-to-39-year-olds had the highest proportion of cell phone involvement.
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A high number of truck overturn crashes were identified at Port Newark/Elizabeth Port Authority Marine Terminal. The primary contributing factor was speeding, which resulted in load shift and overturn crashes. As a result of these efforts, there has been a 64% reduction in the number of truck overturn crashes at Port Newark/Elizabeth Port Authority Marine Terminal f or the 5-year period 2007 thru 2011.
To educate our truckers, we developed fliers and worked with the Port Authority Police Department to distribute them to truckers using our ports.
A high number of crashes were identified at Port Authority tunnel and bridge facilities due to motorists driving in truck blind spots, and changing lanes in front of trucks without leaving sufficient space. After evaluating various ways in which to reduce these occurrences, we launched a safety education campaign to raise driver awareness. As part of this campaign, we posted information on our Web site. Further outreach methods and materials are currently being evaluated.
To educate our motorists, we placed posters in our toll lanes, and posted the flier on our Web site. We also posted messages on Variable Message Roadway Signs and on