Distracted Driving

Distracted driving

It doesn’t matter how experienced someone is or what type of moving vehicle he or she is operating, a distracted driving accident can happen to anyone.

What exactly is distracted driving? Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander’s safety.

Types of distractions include:

  •         Talking to passengers
  •         Using a cell phone or smart phone
  •         Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
  •         Grooming
  •         Reading, including maps
  •         Watching a video
  •         Eating or drinking
  •         Texting

Because text messages require the visual, manual, and cognitive attention of the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.

In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. An additional 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. 18% of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.

Drivers who use hand held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average 4.6 seconds, the equivalent at 55 mph of driving the length of the entire football field blind.

The best way to prevent distracted driving, and it’s potentially lethal consequences, is to concentrate exclusively on the task of driving while operating a vehicle.

For more information on distracted driving, go to: www.distraction.gov or www.dropitanddrive.com.

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