Distracted driving is any activity that could divert your attention away from the primary task of driving, including: • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player • Using a navigation system • Talking to passengers • Eating and drinking • Watching a video • Grooming • Reading
One of the most dangerous distractions?
Texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone involves three different types of distraction simultaneously: • Visual! Taking your eyes off the road
• Manual! Taking your hands off the wheel
• Cognitive! Taking your mind off driving
Did you know?
• Writing or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 MPH, that’s like driving the length of a football field – blindfolded. • If you text while you’re behind the wheel, you’ re 20 times more likely to be involved in a crash than a non-distracted driver. • According to a 2014 special article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the risk of a crash or near-crash among novice drivers increased with the performance of many secondary tasks, including, texting and dialing cell phones
What is at stake?
• In 2013, 3,154 people were killed and and estimated 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
• Young people are especially at risk: In 2013, ten percent of all drivers 15-19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
What is being done?
The U.S. Department of Transportation is leading the fight to end distracted driving through a combination of:
• Tough laws! !
• Strong enforcement! !
• Increased public awareness
What are states doing?
46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers. 14 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, prohibit hand-held cell phone use by all drivers.
What can We do?
• Make a pledge to protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.
• Be a good passenger and speak up if the driver in your car is distracted.
• Spread the word to your family and friends about the dangers of distracted driving.
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