Commonwealth Journal

News Live

August 29, 2013

Fatal Distraction

Simulator tests SWHS students’ reaction-time texting behind the wheel

(Continued)

Somerset —

“The (local) safety officer expressed some concern about cell phone usage in the afternoon,” said Duvall, who noted that Kathy Hall, Youth Service Coordinator for Southwestern, contacted the Frankfort-based office about getting some help educating students about the inherent dangers of distracted driving.
“Our goal is to bring awareness to dangers of tenting and driving, and distractions in your car in general,” said Duvall. “It’s a growing epidemic. Everyone has a phone in their possession at pretty much all times.”
Duvall said they make a point to mention other distractions, such as passengers, food, music, and other elements that might take one’s attention away, even momentarily, from the task of driving.
DeShaun Bailey, another program coordinator, noted that statistics show that approximately 67 percent of all on-road accidents involve some sort of distraction just before impact. 
Duvall said that the simulator functions very much like a normal car — “You’ve got a gas pedal, brakes, steering wheel,” she said — and runs in five-minute intervals.
“It takes all the risky things that can happen — pedestrians, cars, animals, cars pulling out in front of you — and throws all that in,” said Duvall. “We’ll have other students send them messages or try to call them.
“The two main signs of distracted driving are lane travel and speed fluctuation, which are also the similar indicators with impaired driving,” she continued. “Everything that happens in the program is avoidable, by braking  or swerving or speed control. It shows (students) the difference as far as how much control they have before they have their phone out and how much they have after.”
Hall pointed to a web page parents and students can visit to learn more about distracted driving, the It Can Wait pledge (www.itcanwait.com), which features videos, important information, and more.

Text Only
News Live
  • Corps: Lake water fees may be coming

    Sometime, maybe three or four years down the road, Somerset and other communities that use water out of Lake Cumberland will pay fees for water drawn out of the lake. And, if Wolf Creek Dam springs another leak, communities along the lake might have to pay the cost of repairs.

    August 1, 2014

  • DOWNTOWN FLOWER FOTO.JPG Downtown beautification project underway

    No flowers yet, but the boxes are taking shape. A city beautification project is under way downtown and already completed are four elevated flower boxes –– three along the south side of the square in front of First and Farmers National Bank and one on the east side in front of Citizens National Bank’s downtown headquarters.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • eubank school1.jt.jpg New cafeteria coming soon to Eubank Elementary

    Students at one elementary school in northern Pulaski County will be taking their lunches in the classroom for a bit while construction to its cafeteria continues. 

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rift over firefighter pay finally history

    Somerset officials are closing the books on a years-long disagreement between the city and the state labor cabinet over overtime pay and other benefits for firefighters and EMS workers. 

    July 31, 2014

  • BURNSIDE LODGE-TURNER FOTO.jpg Turner to meet with commissioner on Burnside Island

    A state representative unhappy over secrecy surrounding possible privatization of General Burnside Island State Park said he will respond positively to an invitation to meet with Elaine Walker, commissioner of Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Ca

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Derek Kissee.jpg Science Hill man charged in Rockcastle County beating

    A Science Hill man has been accused of beating and leaving another Pulaski County man for dead in an abandoned Rockcastle County rock qu

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Kingsford Fire 07-29-2014 KS 09.jpg No injuries, minimal damage at Kingsford Plant

    A normal production day at the Kingsford Charcoal Plant in southern Pulaski County was halted for a few hours while firefighters worked to put out a small blaze at the plant. 

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 020313 SCC Rogers BLdg-0286.jpg SCC tabbed as one of top places to work

    A national publication dedicated to all things secondary education has named Somerset Community College one of the best in the nation to work for. 

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Warning: Robo phone scam targeting local residents

    Authorities are warning local residents of a possible phone scam.

    July 28, 2014

  • Baskin Robbins Reopens 07-29-2014 JT 17.jpg Baskin Robbins is back in Somerset

    Even with two Dairy Queens, a new Orange Leaf and an ice cream truck, Somerset residents have still been screaming for more ice cream.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

News Live
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks