|By Business Wire||
|September 23, 2013 09:07 AM EDT||
Plymouth Rock Assurance, a leading automobile insurance carrier serving Massachusetts and Connecticut, today released findings from the company’s Connecticut Distracted Driving Study. The study was conducted to measure the awareness of and response to the state’s distracted driving laws, which prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones and mobile electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. While the majority (89 percent) knew that texting while driving is prohibited, less than 20 percent of people who admitted to texting while driving were willing to stop.
Nearly a third of study participants, representing licensed drivers of all ages from across Connecticut, admitted to reading and/or sending text messages while driving. Drivers ages 17-44 texted while driving nearly four times as much as older drivers. The study revealed that the motivation to text while driving appeared to be largely for personal reasons, as opposed to work-related messaging.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) defines distracted driving at Distraction.gov as “any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving.” According to the DoT, 3,331 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2011, up from 3,267 in 2010. Specifically, text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
“Studies like this are very eye opening because they show us just how many distractions motorists are faced with when they get behind the wheel,” said Chris Olie, CEO of Plymouth Rock Assurance. “Even with laws in place to protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians, all motorists need to make safe driving decisions. There are more devices in the market than ever before, and drivers need to understand that texting is not the only form of distracted driving. As an insurance provider, we try our best to promote safe driving behaviors, and we hope studies like this will encourage all motorists to take steps to make the roads safer.”
Grassroots efforts to change distracted driving behavior could prove difficult in Connecticut, as most passengers (70 percent) are reluctant to ask drivers to put their mobile devices down while their cars are in motion. However, the single noticeable factor that serves as a deterrent for texting while driving is having a child in the car. Nearly 80 percent of study participants noted that they would not text while there were passengers 13 years of age or younger in the car.
Other notable findings include:
- Behaviors not typically considered as a distraction were the most common among drivers: 93 percent talked with other passengers, 92 percent tuned the radio, 81 percent eat or drink and 79 percent reach for items on the front seat.
- On a weekly basis, distracted drivers were active with mobile technologies: 36 percent programmed a navigation system, 35 percent made/received calls without using hands-free technology and 48 percent read/sent text messages.
- Texting occurs most frequently (71 percent) while drivers are idling at a traffic sign or signal. Males are most likely (26 percent) to text in a moving car than the other groups in the study.
Similar studies by Plymouth Rock and its affiliates found that 40 percent of Massachusetts drivers and 22 percent of New Hampshire drivers admitted to texting while driving. The complete findings of these studies will be shared with all participants and are available for download on Plymouth Rock’s website, www.prac.com. More than 500 Connecticut drivers participated in this study, which was conducted online in August 2013 by survey provider Cvent.
In an effort to fight back against distracted driving, Plymouth Rock Assurance will attempt to set a new world record for the Most Pledges to a Safety Campaign. Drivers interested in signing the pledge and helping to set a new world record can do so by visiting FightDistractedDriving.com.
About Plymouth Rock Assurance
Headquartered in Boston, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation is a leading automobile insurance carrier serving Massachusetts and Connecticut. It is part of the Plymouth Rock Group of Companies, which together write and manage over $1 billion in auto and home insurance in the Northeast. Its industry-leading service innovations include Crashbusters® mobile expert appraisers, who travel directly to a customer’s vehicle to assess damage and often issue a check on the spot; Door to Door Valet Claim Service® which manages the entire auto repair process from start to finish; and its Pledge of Assurance®, an industry-leading written commitment to service excellence. Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation has an “A-/Excellent” rating from A.M. Best, the insurance industry’s premier independent rating service. For more details and to find a Plymouth Rock independent agent near you, visit plymouthrock.com.
Things are changing so quickly in IoT that it would take a wizard to predict which ecosystem will gain the most traction. In order for IoT to reach its potential, smart devices must be able to work together. Today, there are a slew of interoperability standards being promoted by big names to make this happen: HomeKit, Brillo and Alljoyn. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Adam Justice, vice president and general manager of Grid Connect, will review what happens when smart devices don’t work togethe...
Mar. 25, 2017 06:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,541
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ocean9will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Ocean9 provides cloud services for Backup, Disaster Recovery (DRaaS) and instant Innovation, and redefines enterprise infrastructure with its cloud native subscription offerings for mission critical SAP workloads.
Mar. 25, 2017 05:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,898
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Lachapelle, CEO of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), will provide an overview of various initiatives to certifiy the security of connected devices and future trends in ensuring public trust of IoT. Eric Lachapelle is the Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), an international certification body. His role is to help companies and individuals to achieve professional, accredited and worldw...
Mar. 25, 2017 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 466
Adding public cloud resources to an existing application can be a daunting process. The tools that you currently use to manage the software and hardware outside the cloud aren’t always the best tools to efficiently grow into the cloud. All of the major configuration management tools have cloud orchestration plugins that can be leveraged, but there are also cloud-native tools that can dramatically improve the efficiency of managing your application lifecycle.
Mar. 25, 2017 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,809
Providing the needed data for application development and testing is a huge headache for most organizations. The problems are often the same across companies - speed, quality, cost, and control. Provisioning data can take days or weeks, every time a refresh is required. Using dummy data leads to quality problems. Creating physical copies of large data sets and sending them to distributed teams of developers eats up expensive storage and bandwidth resources. And, all of these copies proliferating...
Mar. 25, 2017 03:15 PM EDT Reads: 6,418
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm. In his Day 3 Keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will explore t...
Mar. 25, 2017 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,710
SYS-CON Events announced today that Technologic Systems Inc., an embedded systems solutions company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Technologic Systems is an embedded systems company with headquarters in Fountain Hills, Arizona. They have been in business for 32 years, helping more than 8,000 OEM customers and building over a hundred COTS products that have never been discontinued. Technologic Systems’ pr...
Mar. 25, 2017 01:45 PM EDT Reads: 3,271
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named “Platinum Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CA Technologies helps customers succeed in a future where every business – from apparel to energy – is being rewritten by software. From ...
Mar. 25, 2017 01:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,679
The taxi industry never saw Uber coming. Startups are a threat to incumbents like never before, and a major enabler for startups is that they are instantly “cloud ready.” If innovation moves at the pace of IT, then your company is in trouble. Why? Because your data center will not keep up with frenetic pace AWS, Microsoft and Google are rolling out new capabilities In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Don Browning, VP of Cloud Architecture at Turner, will posit that disruption is inevitable for c...
Mar. 25, 2017 01:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,031
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudistics, an on-premises cloud computing company, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Cloudistics delivers a complete public cloud experience with composable on-premises infrastructures to medium and large enterprises. Its software-defined technology natively converges network, storage, compute, virtualization, and management into a ...
Mar. 25, 2017 12:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,861
Deep learning has been very successful in social sciences and specially areas where there is a lot of data. Trading is another field that can be viewed as social science with a lot of data. With the advent of Deep Learning and Big Data technologies for efficient computation, we are finally able to use the same methods in investment management as we would in face recognition or in making chat-bots. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Gaurav Chakravorty, co-founder and Head of Strategy Development ...
Mar. 25, 2017 12:45 PM EDT Reads: 3,470
Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor - all in the face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organization...
Mar. 25, 2017 12:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,658
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
Mar. 25, 2017 12:30 PM EDT Reads: 5,051
SYS-CON Events announced today that Loom Systems will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 2015, Loom Systems delivers an advanced AI solution to predict and prevent problems in the digital business. Loom stands alone in the industry as an AI analysis platform requiring no prior math knowledge from operators, leveraging the existing staff to succeed in the digital era. With offices in S...
Mar. 25, 2017 12:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,157
What if you could build a web application that could support true web-scale traffic without having to ever provision or manage a single server? Sounds magical, and it is! In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Munns, Senior Developer Advocate for Serverless Applications at Amazon Web Services, will show how to build a serverless website that scales automatically using services like AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, and Amazon S3. We will review several frameworks that can help you build serverle...
Mar. 25, 2017 12:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,790