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Pedestrian Killed in Del Cerro Car Accident

A pedestrian died after being struck by a car at a Del Cerro intersection, according to ABC 10 News in San Diego. The accident happened on October 11 at around 3:40 p.m. NBC 7 in San Diego is reporting that the victim was a 65-year-old woman, and the driver was a 25-year-old female. The fatal collision occurred at the intersection of Navajo Road and Margerum Avenue. The victim was crossing the street when the 25-year-old, who is being investigated for distracted driving, hit her with her car. “The pedestrian, according to numerous witnesses, stopped in the middle of the intersection when the driver was approaching her and put her arm up,” SDPD Sgt. Art Doherty told NBC 7. While the initial collision may have been enough to kill the victim, the aftermath was particularly brutal. After the 65-year-old was struck, her body was reportedly dragged several feet before the vehicle…
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Are Hands-Free Cell Phone Devices Safer?

Many drivers believe that hands-free devices and apps for cell phones, such as blue-tooth and voice-to-text are a safe alternative to talking or texting on your phone while driving, but is that really true? “Hands-free is not risk-free, even though three out of four motorists believe it is,” said Peter Kissinger, CEO of AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, according to CBS News 8 in San Diego. “We know now that devices like voice-detect or voice-to-email systems can create substantial mental distractions, which can lead to degradation of driving performance.” Anything that diverts a driver’s attention from the road is distracted driving—talking, eating, grooming, controlling a pet, etc. It is best to lock your phone up in the glove box or trunk while driving to avoid the temptation. “You can literally look at something and not see it,” said Kissinger. “We have seen that situation occur in the real world. We…
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Troubling Tidbits from San Diego Distracted Driving Survey

A troubling new survey revealed that 30 percent of all drivers in San Diego are regularly distracted when they are behind the wheel, according to EHS Today. The Adult Cell Phone Survey was composed of research conducted between February 8 and March 31 of 2013, and to say the results are disturbing would be an understatement. “In this study, we were looking for the distracted driving trends of adults with children and employees [in the car],” said Linda Hill, MD, MPH and clinical professor for the Department of Family and Preventative Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine. “The results highlight the dangerous behavior of adults driving distracted, especially with children in the car, exposing both themselves and their children to increased risk for a crash. Moreover, employers should be aware that encouraging workers to initiate and receive calls while driving on the job is putting their employees at…
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