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  • The Florida Department of Transportation Research Center last month released a new report which tracked the addition of full-scale 3D computer simulators in three Florida public transit agencies and four non-Florida agencies to determine what the affect was on driver safety, accidents, incidents, and performance. The purpose of this research (pdf) was to track and observe three Florida public transit agencies as they incorporated and integrated computer-based transit bus simulators into their existing bus operator training programs. In addition to the three Florida case study agencies, four transit agencies outside Florida were contacted and interviewed on their experiences with the use of bus simulators in their operator training programs. The Research Team asked agencies to provide any relevant data they

    Jul 30,
    - by Michael
  • The National Safety Council acknowledges that the results announced today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety of a new distracted driving study, again confirm the presence and crash risk of cognitive distraction. The human brain is incapable of performing, at the same time, the tasks necessary to safely operate a motor vehicle while engaged in other cognitively demanding tasks such as a phone conversation or speech to text. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has observed 10% of all drivers, at any given moment, are distracted by a cell phone. When this unprecedented level of exposure to risk is combined with the degree of risk as defined in the AAA Foundation study, it is easy to understand why cell

    Jul 12,
    - by Michael
  • Guest post by Bob O'Connor, CFO at BrightFleet.com I know a lot of you out there like me who have actually used a rotary phone in their lifetime will remember the nine most fearful words in the English language quote by the late President Ronald Reagan, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help!" This quote has never rang more true than in the recent DOT rules change decision in reduction of driver weekly hours from 82 to 70. Now don't get me wrong here I am in favor of reducing vehicle collisions and unnecessary deaths on our roadways but you have to forgive my skepticism in relying on anything government mandated to achieve the results. Let me explain

    Jul 02,
    - by Michael

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