Thursday, June 13, 2013

Distracted Driving in the Entertainment Industry

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger the safety of the driver, passengers, and bystanders.  Many of our clients face the freeways and roads in California and the heavy traffic itself can be distracting. Here are a few facts from the National Highway Safety Association:

  •  16% of fatal crashes in 2011 involved reports of distracted driving.
  •  20% of injury crashes in 2011 involved reports of distracted driving.

Remember there are state laws that prohibit the use of phones while driving. California has several laws banning the use of cell phones (wireless telephones). The first two laws prohibit all drivers from using handheld wireless phones or cell phones and prohibit drivers under 18 from using hands-free cell phones. A third law bans texting while driving.

Distracted driving includes:

  •     Texting
  •     Calling your agent or studio
  •     Using a cell phone or smartphone
  •           Eating and drinking
  •     Talking to passengers
  •     Grooming
  •     Reading, including maps
  •     Using a navigation system
  •     Watching a video
  •     Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Safe Driving Prevention
  • While your crew is moving props or equipment from location to location we would like to offer a few safety tips:
  • Pull off the road to make a call, or have the passenger do it.
  • Plan your route before you get in the vehicle.
  • Always buckle up.
  • Do not tailgate.
  • Allow sufficient time to reach your destination.
  •  Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained.