The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is getting ready to add new questions to the state driver’s test. In efforts to promote safety and awareness about cyclists and pedestrians, the new questions will be focused on the rules of the road and sidewalks for bicycle riders and pedestrians. Cyclists and pedestrians are two of the more vulnerable roadway user groups. According to the local TV news report, in 2014, Idaho had 296 crashes involving cyclists and 232 crashes involving pedestrians statewide. The new test questions will likely deal with situations where drivers must yield to pedestrians and about rules that apply to bicycle riders.
Cyclists, Pedestrians and Distracted Drivers
A particularly dangerous threat for pedestrians and cyclists in Boise and across the nation is distracted driving. If drivers aren’t watching the road, they’re not looking out for other roadway users. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been promoting awareness about the dangers of distracted driving all month. Since April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, officials with the NHTSA have been hoping to increase awareness and education with their “If you’re texting, you’re not driving” campaign. Simply put, you can’t do both.
Taking Your Attention Away From the Road
Sending or receiving a text message takes your eyes off of the road for an average of 4.5 seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that’s the equivalent of driving the entire length of a football field blindfolded. While it may seem like a moment, it’s actually closer to five seconds, That’s all of the time it takes to change a life or take a life. Pedestrians and cyclists in Idaho and around the country are counting on drivers to pay attention behind the wheel. That call or text can wait. It’s not worth the risk.
Distracted Driving Accidents in Boise
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a crash involving a distracted driver in or around the Boise area, contact the skilled and proven team at Holzer-Edwards, Chartered at (208) 386-9119 for a free case consultation. We’re standing by to answer your questions and provide clear and accessible information for understanding your injury claim and potential lawsuit.