On the right track to ban cell phone use while driving!

Midland doesn’t have a texting-while-driving ban yet, but as At-large Councilman Scott Dufford said after Tuesday’s meeting, “we are on our way.”

The Midland City Council took a first step toward that ban, voting unanimously on first reading in favor of an ordinance that will make it illegal to operate a motor vehicle while in the act of viewing, sending or composing an electronic message or engaging application software on a wireless communication.

Read More: http://www.mrt.com/news/public_safety/article_edae6d4c-2a48-11e5-879d-37e91a332dd8.html

Way to go! Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center

We need more of these classes…

ST. CLOUD — About 150 teen drivers will get some hands-on training on avoiding potential high risk crashes.

The Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center in St. Cloud is hosting a class Saturday to teach teens how to recover from things like off-road recovery, skid recovery and collision avoidance.

MHSRC Director Larry Nadeau says teen drivers just don’t have the experience or training that some older drivers do.  He says there is always an expectation that people will drive defensively.  But Nadeau says when a crash is imminent, having recovery driving skills can save your life.
Read More: http://wjon.com/teens-to-learn-driving-recovery-skills-in-st-cloud/

Smart-driver course offered at two locations

The Washington County Commission on Aging will offer its AARP smart-driver course at two locations in the county in August.

It will be held Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village, 8507 Mapleville Road.

Read More: http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/life/community/smart-driver-course-offered-at-two-locations/article_73eefe9e-8d89-559b-be40-f641a9cd544b.html

AARP driver safety refresher class offered for senior citizens

An AARP Driver Safety Program refresher class will be held at  Rufty-Holmes Senior Center,  1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.,  on Wednesday, May 20. The class has been revised in 2014 to a four-hour session that includes the latest research-based safety strategies. Registration is at 12:30 and instruction from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Class size is limited, so reservations can be made by calling 704-216-7714.

The fee is $15 for AARP members. The member must bring the membership card to the class. If the card is lost, a new card can be obtained by calling the AARP national office at 1-888-227-7669 (1-888-AARP NOW). The membership number is also on the AARP magazine. The fee is $20 for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the workbook and materials. Participants must also bring their driver’s license.

Read More: http://www.salisburypost.com/2015/05/08/aarp-driver-safety-refresher-class-offered-for-senior-citizens/

Trimble adds new driver safety app

Trimble just announced the addition of a Driver Safety Scorecard to Trimble FieldMaster, a suite of mobile applications that drive improved visibility and information sharing between the field and the back office to enable a more dynamic field operation. FieldMaster is a core component of Trimble’s Field Service Management integrated portfolio of solutions that includes fleet management, work management and driver safety, the company said.


“The Driver Safety Scorecard enables organizations to mitigate road risk by providing remote workers with visibility into their driving performance,” Trimble said. “This allows drivers to make immediate adjustments to their driving behavior.”

Read More:  http://fleetowner.com/technology/trimble-adds-new-driver-safety-app