According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each day in the United States, more than eight people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. So, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the waste and recycling industry continues to show increases in injuries and fatalities due to distracted driving.
Something as seemingly innocent as a quick text when driving at 55 miles per hour takes the driver’s eyes off the road in a distance equal to the length of a football field. Distractions are everywhere, both inside and outside of the cab of collection vehicles, from moving, flashing billboards along the highways to cell phones. A couple of seconds of inattention could end with a truck on its side or another fatality in the books.