Defeating Distracted Driving

Distracted driving may now be the single largest contributing factor to traffic crashes. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, distracted driving resulted in nearly 6,000 deaths and more than a half million injuries in 2008.

An in-cab driving study of commercial truck drivers by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute indicated that by far the most dangerous distraction observed was texting. The study revealed that truck drivers who texted while driving had 23 times the risk of being involved in a crash or near-crash incident.

The Defeating Distracted Driving commercial driver curriculum includes a 15-minute DVD, a PowerPoint presentation and samples of model company policies governing distracted driving.