A 64-year-old female driver struck and killed a 20-year-old motorcyclist at a busy San Diego intersection. The woman was talking on her phone at the time of the accident, failing to yield and turning left into the intersection. Blake Martin, a Navy sailor stationed in Colorado, died at the scene. Initial reports had high speeds listed as the cause, but that was proven to be false eventually removed from the accident report. At the time of the accident, Martin was obeying all regulations and laws.
Martin’s parents hope that this will prove to be incentive for drivers to avoid distractions while operating a vehicle, saying “The bottom line is people have to become more aware of their surroundings while they are driving…Because if you come in contact with a person and you have a 6,000 pound vehicle and they have a motorcycle, that motorcycle rider will lose every time. Every time.” [Source]
A few facts about distracted driving from the government website Distraction.gov:
- The three main distractions to drivers are taking your eyes off the road, taking your hands off the wheel, and taking your mind off what you are doing.
- 20% of 2009 motor vehicle accidents occured because of distractions.
- Using a cell phone while driving is the equivalent of having a blood alcohol level of .08, the legal limit in many states.
For more information, please visit Distraction.gov.