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  • Safe Travel for Trucks on Interstate 84
    January 29 2013

    The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has issued a winter warning newsletter to the truck drivers utilizing Interstate 84 due the high number of trucks and icy winter weather causing closures and accidents in this corridor.

    This newsletter is a handy reminder to all of us driving on mountain passes and through icy winter weather thoughout the state.  There have been several tragic accidents this winter where several people have lost their lives or have been severely injured.  We can all learn from these timely tips from ODOT.

    -Keep informed with http://www.TripCheck.com.  Check before you leave on your trip.
    -Don’t park in chain up areas if you are not installing or removing chains as this can cause additional hazards to all traffic.
    -When the freeway is closed, avoid parking along the shoulder of the road.  If you are unable to leave the freeway, park on the right shoulder and leave the left shoulder for emergency vehicles.


  • Cell Phone Usage and Multi Taskers
    January 25 2013

    Recently there have been several articles and awareness campaigns regarding cell phone usage while driving.  Many people believe they can multi task wihtout a problem but recent a study indicates just the opposite.

    As reported in Medical News Today, Motorists overrate their ability to talk on cell phones while driving.  A recent study supported by a grant from the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety was conducted with students enrolled at the University of Utah.  The tests measured multi-tasking activity, perceived multi-tasking ability, impulsivity, and sensation seeking.

    The findings indicate that the persons who are most capable of multi-tasking effectively are not the persons who are most likely to engage in multiple tasks simultaneously. To the contrary, multi-tasking activity as measured by the Media Multitasking Inventory and self-reported cell phone usage while driving were negatively correlated with actual multi-tasking ability. Multi-tasking was positively correlated with participants’ perceived ability to multi-task ability which was found to be significantly inflated. Participants with a strong approach orientation and a weak avoidance orientation – high levels of impulsivity and sensation seeking – reported greater multi-tasking behavior. Finally, the findings suggest that people often engage in multi-tasking because they are less able to block out distractions and focus on a singular task.

    To read the complete study go to http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0054402.

    Remember, don’t over estimate your ability to safely use your cell phone while driving.  Distracted driving causes motor vehicle accidents which can lead to serious injury or death.  Be a safe driver and don’t text and drive, or talk on the phone and drive.

  • Some Sleep Drugs Can Impair Driving
    January 15 2013

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding consumers that some drugs to treat insomnia could make them less able the next morning to perform activities for which they must be fully alert, including driving a car.

    FDA has informed manufacturers that the recommended dose should be lowered for sleep drugs approved for bedtime use that contain a medicine called zolpidem.  FDA is particularly concerned about extended-release forms of zolpidem. They are sold as generic drugs and under the brand name Ambien CR. New data show that the morning after use, many people who take products containing extended-release zolpidem have drug levels that are high enough to impair driving and other activities. FDA says that women are especially vulnerable because zolpidem is cleared from the body more slowly in women than in men.

    FDA also found that some medicines containing the immediate-release form of zolpidem can impair driving and other activities the next morning. They are marketed as generic drugs and under the following brand names:

    Ambien (oral tablet)
    Edluar (tablet placed under the tongue)
    Zolpimist (oral spray)

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